Two more coaches will attend rugby meeting

Former Springbok coaches Ian McIntosh and Harry Viljoen have been roped into Thursday's meeting in Johannesburg between leading rugby personalities and national coach Jake White.

South African Rugby President Oregan Hoskins initiated the meeting in the wake of South Africa's disastrous 45-26 defeat to the All Blacks at the weekend in the hope that a brainstorming session with a number of experts - including Nick Mallett, André Markgraaff, Carel du Plessis, Rudolf Straeuli, Eric Sauls and Zola Yeye - could lead to suggestions for a turnaround in the country's rugby fortunes.

However, Mallett dismissed the notion as a public relations exercise, and it's highly unlikely that Markgraaff will attend after his fall-out with White last year. Yeye also has other commitments and will not attend. Du Plessis initially said he had other commitments, but will now make the meeting.

"Ian McIntosh, Peter Jooste, Carel du Plessis, Harry Viljoen and Rudolf Straeuli will be there. I'm just waiting for confirmation from Harry's office. It's important that this meeting takes place," said SA Rugby managing director Johan Prinsloo.

He added that a number of issues in SA rugby, and not just the national team, would be discussed. "It's about rugby in South Africa. These guys have been there and done that. Hopefully they can offer some advice in a positive manner," said Prinsloo.

South Africa play New Zealand in Rustenburg on Saturday and a loss would extend the Boks' losing streak to six games.


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