Press leaks suggest that Jacques Nienaber is the new Bok coach with Deon Davids as his assistant. MyTwoCents has no complaints about that.
Firstly, it is imperative that there is a succession plan. New Zealand have successfully implemented this model over the years so that there is inevitably a smooth transition between coaching changes. Once again the meticulous planner, Rassie Erasmus, has pulled off a master stroke.
He knows Nienaber very well and has worked with him at the Cheetahs, Munster and with the Boks. Nienaber is also a tactical magician and will have the unwavering support of his Director of Rugby. That is important and not to be underestimated. The Bok job is a tough one and Nienaber will be second-guessed by the passionate public at every turn. He needs a strong Director to back him in times of adversity.
Deon Davids is also well liked by Rassie but perhaps not quiet ready for the top job yet. Rassie sees his potential and plans to groom him into the role so that if and when Nienaber moves on … Davids will be ready to step in. Smooth transition. Rassie planning.
The only piece of the puzzle that we don’t know about right now is what will happen to Matthew Proudfoot. This website speculated a few weeks ago that he may be in line for the coveted head coach role himself. It is unclear though, if this was a role that he wanted or if he prefers to stick with his forwards coaching mandate that he executes so well. The hope is that he remains happy and more importantly remains as forwards coach. The job that he has done on the pack and the “bomb squad” is hall of fame material.
We hope that Mzwandile Stick stays with the Boks too as he was also one who impressed during the World Cup. This is a great position for him to be in as he could be a Bok coach candidate in the distant future.
Keeping it in-house, especially when the squad is functioning and the team is performing is the way to go. There is no need to upset the apple cart at this point.
Onwards and upwards!