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Hansen : Coetzee will struggle as Bok coach with quotas




All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has said that he expects newly appointed South Africa’s Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee will struggle under the new quota system.

Coetzee was appointed as Springbok head coach earlier this week and has agreed on a quota system that will demand a 50-50 split between and non white players by the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Hansen said that former Stormers coach Coetzee who has been Springbok assistant coach twice, deserved to be appointed as the head coach.

However Hansen said that it will be a tough job coaching the team and having to contend with quotas.

“He’s a good coach… he deserves to be there. I rated the last bloke (Meyer) too, but it’s a very tough environment that they’re operating in over there.”

“That environment hasn’t changed, so it’ll be just as tough for (Coetzee),” Hansen told Radio Sport.

Hansen said that anyone who coaches a national team must have the skills of a politician to operate successfully but South Africa is a different and unique challenge.

“What is different for him is that they’ve got a quota system and sometimes I think that means they’re not picking the best players they can,” Hansen said.

“It makes it tough, but that’s the way it is in that country and you go in knowing that. I’m sure he’ll deal with that really well. South Africa have always been strong and I don’t see it being any different.”

Hansen said that it is important to respect South Africa’s drive to change the Springboks to be more representative of the population but points out that Coetzee will have extra challenges that other Test coaches do not have to work with.

“It’s hard for us to wrap our heads around but we didn’t live in that country and it’s history. That history is still playing itself out and it’s not for us to bag them,” Hansen told Radio Sport.

“At the end of the day, one thing I do know is that your sporting teams have got to be selected on merit because if they’re not people start questioning whether they should or shouldn’t be in the team.

“What that does is it affects your confidence and the golden rule is that if you’ve got a team that’s confident, they’ll play well, no matter who they are.”

Under Hansen the All Blacks have won 7 and lost one match against the Springboks.

The next meeting of the teams is in the Rugby Championship in Christchurch on September 17 and then in Durban on October 8.

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