Coetzee waits on overseas based players

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will take his time in assessing the overseas based players and deciding on the best combinations before he selects the 23 players that will represent South Africa against Ireland at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on June 11.

Coetzee has included three foreign based players in his squad to face Ireland and he will wait on the likes of Duane Vermeulen (Toulon), Francois Louw (Bath) and Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux-Bègles) who will all be present when the Boks gather in Cape Town on Sunday after being given the weekend off.

The new Springbok coach told Supersport that he is in a race against time to get the overseas based players up to speed with the game plan which he wants to implement for the Test series.

“There are time limitations which we always knew about and were aware of with regards to the overseas players, and we will only have a few days to work with them before we go into action,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee added that he will evaluate all the foreign based players according to whether or not they are able to understand the playing style and adapt to the new structures in place.

“When it comes to team selection, I will get my head around it this weekend,” he added.

“The most important thing is that I have to assess where the overseas players stand.

“It is something I experienced when I was coaching at Currie Cup level and we had Springboks coming back for play-offs.

"You had to establish how in line they were with where the team was standing in terms of playing style and culture before being sure you could select them.”