Songezo to manage Boks

Former SA Rugby Pty Ltd managing director Songezo Nayo is on a short-list of two to be made Springbok manager.

If Nayo is appointed it will be the most postive management appointment made since Jake White took over as Bok coach in 2004.

Standing in Nayo’s way is former Transkei player Liston Ntshongwana, who was nominated by the Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile.

The Boks have not had a team manager this year after Arthob Petersen parted ways with White and the Boks.

Nayo would be an excellent choice. He has all the strengths required of a national manager. He has worked in the administration, has a healthy relationship with White, is very highly respected in the government and sporting circles and is very articulate.

White has already introduced Steve McIntyre as his strength coach. The Cape Town-based McIntyre replaces Mark Steele, who left the Boks at the beginning of the international season and was not replaced.

The Sunday Times reported that White met McIntyre by chance a month ago and the next day offered him the Bok job. You decide if that’s a good or bad thing.