I think a couple of you on here brought a couple of good points on who the best coaches are. If you ask me, I would love to see Scott Robinson or even Ronan Ogara take over the reigns. They play a fantastic brand of rugby, BUT, it was at club level. We have seen with Australia that winning a club comp doesn't mean that you will succeed at international level. Robbie Deans as well as Dave Rennie are founding out the hard way. So what does it take to produce a successful coach?
Here is my thoughts and why I think we sometimes get carried away and don't look at the talent or players that the coaches have at their disposal. I do believe that it takes a special coach that have worked with the players from age group and have a long standing relationship as well as great results behind them.
Case in point, many of the players that we see in the boks squad today came through WP u21 academy. Kolisi, Etzebeth, Malherbe, Kitshoff to name a few. Wonder why Eldstadt gets called up or even Fourie. It is because Niena and Rassie know these guys.
For a while we all thought that Swys and Ackerman should take over the boks, but they Lions have not turned into also ran and neither coaches are at the top of the coaching tree. Swys is a pundit and Ackerman Japanese team got dropped from 1st to 3rd league Japan rugby. Neither did he set the world alight. We have Alastair Coetzee, took over the reigns under Rassie, has some success but never won anything. He got a job in Japan and now have been exposed as a mediocre coach.
The big question, is Scott Robertson as good as everyone makes him out to be. Look, he is the coach of the Crusaders and like so many other coaches before him. The Crusaders have been the top team in professional rugby. This is a union that just knows how to build a rugby team from their youth structures. Who remembers Aaron Major, fantastic 12 for them but when he left the Crusaders to play for Leicester he just became average.
I believe that their are very few coaches that can transform a team and be successful vs those who have the luxury of a fantastic union with a lot of talented players to work with.
As for SA, there have been so many quota appointments that I don't see any of our u21 coaches one day taking over the boks and leading us to a World Cup as our talent and teams are fragmented with limited success.