Following a four hour meeting to discuss the current problems in SA rugby on Thursday, nothing of value was forthcoming from Saru.
When the chance was there to actually say something of note, the silence was deafening. Instead of enlightening the public on what was actually discussed, Saru sent out a wishy-washy statement that ultimately said nothing.
Talk is cheap, especially when it continues to take place behind close doors. The question that begs to be answered is: What is the State secret? Another meeting is scheduled to take place soon, but it doubtful any of the decisions taken then will be allowed into the public domain either.
The future of White as Bok coach must surely have come up, but then that is probably why they are keeping mum on what was actually said, except to say it was “constructive”.
The official statement from Saru read as follows:
Embattled Springbok coach Jake White on Thursday met with the President of SA Rugby Regan Hoskins, rugby experts, selectors and ex-coaches to discuss issues in South African rugby that will ensure the consistent success of the Springboks.
The meeting comes in the wake of a five game losing streak for the Springboks. If the Boks lose on Saturday to the All Blacks and to the Wallabies the following weekend they will equal the unenviable record of the 1964-5 SA team who lost seven on the trot.
Present at the meeting were Hoskins, MD Johan Prinsloo, selectors Peter Jooste and Ian McIntosh, Jake White, Nick Mallet, Harry Viljoen, Peter de Villiers, Eric Sauls, Carel du Plessis, Rudolph Straeuli and Naas Botha.
SA Rugby said that all the participants expressed satisfaction with the tone and progress of the meeting and pronounced it a “constructive gathering that will help break new ground for the game.”
Hoskins said the discussions were open and constructive. “We were frank about issues regarding rugby in general. I am confident that we are well on our way to improving the game. The group of experts gathered today gave invaluable input on what needs to be done to improve the situation in our game.
“The spirit around the table was very encouraging. It shows that our problems can be solved if we continue to share ideas.”
Hoskins added that the details of the discussion were confidential and that another meeting would be held in due course to assess progress.