Brendan Venter to head up Springboks inquest

7:38 AM GMT

Brendan Venter will head up the coaching Indaba which meets next week to find solutions to the Springboks’ recent plight.

South Africa finished third with two wins from six in this year’s Rugby Championship and were on the wrong end of a 57-15 hammering at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday in Durban.

With South Africa preparing for their four-match end-of-season tour, Venter and ex-Boks psychologist Pieter Kruger will chair the two-day meeting in Cape Town next week which focuses on the “current playing trends across a wide range of areas of game play and seek alignment within SA Rugby on ways to ensure rugby excellence and continuous improvement to remain a top rugby-playing nation”, according to a SARU statement.

Springboks coach Allister Coetzee will attend, along with his coaching staff, while CEOs and coaching staff of the six Super Rugby franchises have also been invited alongside SARU, ex-Boks coaches, players and a representative from MyPlayers, the players’ organisation.

Also on the agenda will be SARU addressing “longer term interventions to assist the Springbok team”.

The Boks have been without star No.8 Duane Vermeulen for the Rugby Championship campaign and he has spoken out to on the current state of South African rugby.

“I want to be part of the Boks but the way things are going now I can’t see a positive outcome,” Vermeulen told “We need an intervention and I can’t sit silently on the side and say nothing any more.

“I feel it’s always the coaches that have their say in a team environment and as a player there is no time to focus and to talk about issues in SA rugby. We only focus on the game itself. I feel the need to speak up, for the players.

“It was ugly watching the game on Saturday. We were a powerhouse in world rugby and I feel it is my duty to also make a stand and say something on the record about the situation.

“I don’t know how much respect there is for players any more. “I feel for them and it’s partially our fault because we stay silent. It also starts at the top and we need clear and decisive leadership.”

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