Johannesburg - It didn’t take long for Springbok coach Allister Coetzee to be asked the million dollar question after his team completed their clean sweep of France in Johannesburg on Saturday, and he didn’t dodge it - Brendan Venter will remain on as a consultant.
According to the supersport.com website, the impact of Venter in his role as defence coach and beyond that has been one of the main driving forces behind the turn-around that has been affected by the national team at the start of the 2017 international season. Defence has been one area that has improved beyond recognition for the Boks since Coetzee’s troubled first year in charge, and in the last test of the series at Emirates Airlines Park the French had plenty of the play and yet the South Africans kept them from crossing the line.
However, there has been some confusion about Venter’s role with the Boks going forward, and when he was announced as a consultant a few months ago, the arrangement appeared open ended. There have been indications that Italy, who Venter helped out last year and in the Six Nations, think he still has a long term contract with them.