‘I played for my schools second-team’: The humble beginnings of rookie Springboks boss


Rookie Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber has insisted he received’t fall prey to the lure of getting too labored up and disillusioned about any negatives that have an effect on his squad within the lead-up to subsequent month’s keenly anticipated Check collection versus the Lions. 

The previous defence coach was promoted to the top coach position following South Africa’s triumph on the 2019 World Cup. Nonetheless, Nienaber has but to take cost of a Springboks Check match because the pandemic saved them on the sidelines all through 2020 and they’re going to solely make their return to motion once they host Georgia on the primary weekend of July in preparation for dealing with the Lions.  

It was final weekend when the 46-strong Springboks squad was introduced for these matches however that announcement has since been clouded by setbacks to key personnel. Duane Vermeulen, the 2019 World Cup remaining man of the match, needed to have an ankle operation on Wednesday following an damage sustained enjoying for the Bulls whereas Damian de Allende and RG Snyman are being handled for burns they acquired for a hearth pit accident in Eire.   

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As a boss new to his position, it will be comprehensible if Nienaber spent his squad coaching week in Bloemfontein cursing his luck and feeling pessimistic, however he insisted he’s not wired that means and received’t be overwhelmed by the setbacks that go hand-in-hand with the job of being Springboks boss.

Requested by RugbyPass how he handles dangerous information, Nienaber mentioned: “Coaches’ pathways have various things. As a coach, I by no means performed rugby at a global commonplace, not even on the faculty first-team commonplace, however I beloved rugby and I participated, I performed for my faculties second-team.

“I’m not an awesome rugby participant however my pathway, being a physio, is you deal with what you need to deal with. It doesn’t assist that you simply sulk over issues. You have to make the subsequent plan. Should you take the remedy on a participant that I do immediately and I reassess him tomorrow and it didn’t work, you’ll be able to sulk and say I didn’t do the proper remedy or you’ll be able to go a minimum of now I do know what doesn’t work after which you’ll be able to take one other route. 

“They name it scientific reasoning in physiotherapy or in drugs. That’s the way you generally abide by trialling a sure remedy, you make an evaluation and also you assume it’s that. You begin treating it and you then see the way it goes. I don’t need to give a long-winded reply however I’m just about the kind of man, due to that background, that it’s what it’s. 

“Can I modify it? No, I can’t. What I can do is I can speak to Duane and say, ‘Be constructive. Pay attention, I’ve heard issues. I’ve consulted with Jesse (Kriel). He was sat in entrance of me on the aircraft when he began speaking and mentioned Jacques, I’ve had that comparable damage’. He nearly cheered me up. 

“That’s the good factor with the Boks by way of how we do issues. To leap on a name with Duane and say I’ve simply had a chat with Jesse and he had the identical damage in 2019 simply earlier than the World Cup. I’m that sort of man. Dangerous information, we are able to’t change future, it’s what it’s. You have to discover a means, settle for it, transfer on and make new plans.”


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