9 Jul 2006
Naas Botha will not join the Springboks in Australia and New Zealand as team manager and player mentor.
SARU Communications Manager Rayaan Adriaanse confirmed that the union had not been able to resolve the issues related to former manager Arthob Petersen, who was relieved of his responsibilities earlier in the year.
To further illustrate the chaos surrounding the national team, the governing body has not been able to resolve the issue in the last two months. The Springboks have played four matches, including three tests, and White’s request to have Botha as the team manager could not be accommodated.
Botha confirmed to the media that he was in Cape Town to discuss the proposal but nothing could be offered to him because Petersen’s situation was still an issue.
Botha was to take on a managerial role and assist with the kickers. Once again SA Rugby is months behind the schedule.
It is embarrassing when the national team has not manager because the game’s administration has not been able to sort out the mess in two months. SARU’s presidents who refused Jake White an extension of his contract have emphasised the coach still has their support.
Well, they’ve shown him just how much support he has.