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Cape Town - Images of England coach Eddie Jones traveling around South Africa earlier this month, meeting with franchise coaches and getting a feel for the country's stadiums, show just how far behind the Springboks are. 

England are in South Africa for three Test matches in June and Jones, with the blessing of the RFU, has already begun his preparation. 

The Springboks, meanwhile, don't yet know who their coach will be when that series rolls around. 

SA Rugby has failed to be transparent in its leadership, and it is not fair on the fans.

The confusion surrounding Allister Coetzee's future has hurt the image of the game’s administration, even if there have been complexities in the process. 

More importantly, the whole ‘will they, won’t they?’ saga has done nothing to suggest that there is urgency in remedying the state of the national side before the 2019 World Cup.

It has simply taken too long. 

South Africa's final Test of 2017 was a disappointing 24-22 loss to Wales in Cardiff on December 2. 

That match, which capped off another poor end-of-year-tour for the national team, was widely reported to be Coetzee's last Test in charge of the Boks. 

Rassie Erasmus was on his way to rescue the national team, and Coetzee would be on his bicycle back to Japan. 

Since then, Erasmus has assembled a small coaching staff around him, but we are still in the dark when it comes to exactly how hands-on Erasmus will be and what his exact role will entail. 

With Coetzee gone, will Erasmus effectively be the head coach? It seems so, but SA Rugby have said nothing as yet.

At the beginning of 2017 there was also uncertainty hovering over Coetzee, and it took SA Rugby until the end of February to publicly back their man for another year.

We cannot have a repeat of that in 2018.

The Boks are wounded and, in their current shape, stand no chance of competing for World Cup honours.

That tournament is less than two years away and the work needs to start now.

Sources have revealed to Sport24 that Coetzee’s sacking is almost certain, but that the process has been delayed because SA Rugby have been met by strong resistance from Coetzee.

The nature of his contract has made his dismisal complex.

It is never nice to see coaches clinging on, but the nature of professional sport is that when results aren’t delivered, the coach is the first to fall.

Football coaches often joke that they sign two contracts when taking over at a new club: one to say that they are hired and one to confirm that they will be fired.

Coetzee obviously missed the second contract, because by all accounts he is still holding on for dear life.

It's gone beyond being angry at Coetzee now.

For all of his struggles, the man’s passion could never be faulted and he always had the best interests of his side at heart. He wanted to succeed so badly ... it just hasn’t worked out that way.

But the South African public deserves to know what is going on behind closed doors. Without public support, the Boks are nothing and it is time that SA Rugby remembered that. 

Excluding the very people that keep your brand alive cannot be a good idea, and right now South African rugby fans are completely in the dark.

They want answers, and they deserve answers.

SA Rugby needs to resolve this Coetzee issue as a matter of urgency, because it has already dragged on for far too long. 

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For all of his struggles, the man’s passion could never be faulted and he always had the best interests of his side at heart. He wanted to succeed so badly

What BS, if this was true we would have seen the correct players selected, he is a coaching hack and should just fuck off into the wilderness like HM did. Who would ever thought that such high profile coaches can make such a mess yet Divvie still has some respect from the public, probably because Divvie was not a bare faced liar.

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21 minutes ago, supersupporter said:

What BS, if this was true we would have seen the correct players selected, he is a coaching hack and should just fuck off into the wilderness like HM did. Who would ever thought that such high profile coaches can make such a mess yet Divvie still has some respect from the public, probably because Divvie was not a bare faced liar.

Correct, it was his provincialism and outright lies that turned people against him.

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Don't forget them "processes"..."going forward" - a gold-medal grade 1 grasshole!

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1 hour ago, J1M1 said:

Don't forget them "processes"..."going forward" - a gold-medal grade 1 grasshole!

Processing him is probably the only way (going) forward...:36_11_6:

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Joost’s brother Pieter van der Westhuizen says the “full truth” about Amor Vittone, the late Joost’s estranged wife, will come out in court.

In the midst of a drawn-out court battle between him and  the 45-year old singer over the late Bok hero’ estate, Pieter (48) has spoken out in response to a report on Netwerk24 where parts of the court documents were published.

In and amongst the documents is an email in which Pieter says that it would be “unpleasant” to have Amor at Joost’s private funeral.

According to the email, Amor told Joost’s elderly parents that she believes Joost is in Hell with his oupa and ouma.

Pieter confirmed to YOU on Wednesday that Amor did say this and they have recordings to prove it.

He didn’t want to elaborate further on the court case, only saying the “full truth” would come out in court.

In the email, Pieter and Sean Hefferman, Amor’s lawyer from LP Baartman Attorneys, discuss how they want Joost’s children to attend the private funeral.

In the end, Amor and the children were not at the service on 15 July at the Van der Westhuizen family farm in Settlers, Limpopo, during which the family buried Joost’s ashes next his maternal grandfather, Joost Pretorius.

When YOU called Amor on Wednesday she said she didn’t wish to comment on the matter or the email in question.

“I am not interested in a media circus,” she said, adding that people should wait until the matter appears before the court.

A court date for this year has not been set yet, Ulrich Roux, Pieter’s lawyer from BDK Attorneys, told YOU earlier this week.

Joost lost his battle with motor neuron disease (MND) on 6 February 2017 and died surrounded by his family at his home in Dainfern, Johannesburg.

According to Pieter, it was Joost’s last wish that he’s children should inherit everything, which he allegedly put down in a will in 2015.

The court rejected the 2015 will because Joost had not signed it himself, ruling that even though he may have been too weak to sign, alternative procedures could have been followed like placing a finger print on the document, in order to make it valid.

Joost and Amor’s original will, which they signed together in 2009, was then declared valid. According to this will, Amor would inherit everything.

But last year Pieter made an application in court to have Joost’s 2015 will declared valid.

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With all due respect, Joost knew he had the disease. He could have changed the will long before 2015. Even then he could have had witnesses to the new will, even if he didn't sign

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59 minutes ago, taipan said:

With all due respect, Joost knew he had the disease. He could have changed the will long before 2015. Even then he could have had witnesses to the new will, even if he didn't sign

True, but why would AV not want her kids to inherit? She wants it for herself after using the kids to get back at Joost. I'm no fan of how Joost lived his personal life, but AV is no angel either. Did she not break up Joost's first marriage? I hope she gets fckall.

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2 minutes ago, DbDraad said:

True, but why would AV not want her kids to inherit? She wants it for herself after using the kids to get back at Joost. I'm no fan of how Joost lived his personal life, but AV is no angel either. Did she not break up Joost's first marriage? I hope she gets fckall.

Fair comment

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But on the other hand did Joost have any money left? What were all the appeals to handle his medical expenses about?

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15 hours ago, taipan said:

But on the other hand did Joost have any money left? What were all the appeals to handle his medical expenses about?

Probably life insurance. 

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1 minute ago, DbDraad said:

Probably life insurance. 

Could have cashed that in for the medical expenses

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Long overdue..

 

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Cape Town - Legendary Springbok wing Bryan Habana has admitted he’s been contemplating retirement.

Habana, who underwent knee surgery last year, has struggled for game time at French club Toulon in recent times.

In an interview with Rugby365, Habana said he was unsure about his playing future.

“My contract with Toulon ends in June and I'm not quite sure if (Mourad) Boudjellal (Toulon owner) is going to stick around with me much longer. Also, I'm pushing the limits of the 30-club now, but I haven't quite made a decision yet,” said Habana, who turns 35 in June.

Habana said he may have another season left to play, but is not keen to move his family to another part of the world for a short period.

Habana, who played the last of his 124 Tests for the Springboks in the shock defeat to Italy in 2016, said last year he was unsure whether he would play for the Boks again.

The speedy winger holds the record for the most Test tries (67) by a Springbok and is three shy of Victor Matfield’s all-time Springbok caps record of 127 Tests.

He has been on Toulon's books since 2013, having previously represented the Stormers (2010-2013), Bulls (2005-2009) and Lions (2003-2004).

 

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On 1/24/2018 at 9:54 PM, DbDraad said:

True, but why would AV not want her kids to inherit? She wants it for herself after using the kids to get back at Joost. I'm no fan of how Joost lived his personal life, but AV is no angel either. Did she not break up Joost's first marriage? I hope she gets fckall.

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Truly DB???Joost had no participation in breaking up his own 1st marriage? All the teef's fault hey???

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3 hours ago, Mata Hari said:

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Truly DB???Joost had no participation in breaking up his own 1st marriage? All the teef's fault hey???

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AV can be a teef, TBH. At some stage the Jacaranda guys were sponsored by Merc and she was with them st some stage and of course she had to have her sponsored car as well. My sister is with one of the big Merc dealerships who administered these sponsored cars and I know of all the kak she caused with her car. Used to just waltz in and dump her car, expecting this, that and the other BS to be sorted out and for it to be done immediately while she wait, etc,  etc. 

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6 minutes ago, vlagman said:

AV can be a teef, TBH. At some stage the Jacaranda guys were sponsored by Merc and she was with them st some stage and of course she had to have her sponsored car as well. My sister is with one of the big Merc dealerships who administered these sponsored cars and I know of all the kak she caused with her car. Used to just waltz in and dump her car, expecting this, that and the other BS to be sorted out and for it to be done immediately while she wait, etc,  etc. 

There's not much doubt they were both professional divas.

Personally I got hacked off when the appeal for medical help started.

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7 hours ago, Mata Hari said:

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Truly DB???Joost had no participation in breaking up his own 1st marriage? All the teef's fault hey???

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Of coarse he had, but due to circumstances Amor knew exactly what she was getting into...kinda stupid of her to expect anything else. Karma is a bitch and Amore had it coming.  Sory for being a cynic and a bit harsh, but I don't entertain fools.....and using his kids against him was wrong on so many levels. 

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