McIntosh, Jooste in line for chop

Ian McIntosh and Peter Jooste’s positions as Springbok selectors could be under threat.

The pair’s future will be decided at the South African Rugby Union’s (Saru) next Presidents Council meeting on 21 January.

The move is primarily viewed as a cost cutting measure (they currently leave Saru R1 million out of pocket annually – this figure includes travel, accommodation and their salaries), and the pair are also thought to be surplus to requirements as coach Peter de Villiers has the final say on squad selection anyway.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins, however, told Rapport that he was unaware of the plans.

“I would be reluctant to get rid of them, even if Peter’s contract determines he has the final say over picking teams,” Hoskins said.

“Peter is very busy with the coaching of the team. The selectors assist him with talent identification and ensure that the selections are thoroughly discussed. “As far as I know every other country has selectors. Peter and Ian have done very valuable work during my presidency.”

Also on the agenda is the appointment of a permanent team manager. Andy Marinos and Arthob Petersen temporarily held the post last year.

“We have to complete this task as soon as possible. It’s a big year for us. We want a manager for the entire season,” said Hoskins. “We have to beat the British Lions and win the Tri-Nations. I also believe we can have two sides at the top of the Super 14 log.”