Saru president Oregan Hoskins. Picture: MARK WESSELS
Former Saru president Oregan Hoskins. Picture: MARK WESSELS

FORMER SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins described the Springbok coaching job as a "poisoned chalice" in a radio interview on Thursday, writes Craig Ray.

Hoskins stepped down as president in August — before he was pushed — after he fell out with SA Rugby’s executive council. At the time, an insider told Business Day there had been a "complete breakdown of trust" between the exco and Hoskins.

The former president has remained silent on his ousting but admitted he and exco could no longer work together.

In the interview with EWN, Hoskins revealed that he was not sure about the Bok coach position once former coach Heyneke Meyer said he would not seek to renew his contract last December.

In the end, it went to Allister Coetzee. In his brief tenure, the Boks have lost four of seven Tests including three consecutive defeats during the Rugby Championship.

"I actually didn’t know the answer [to the Bok coach situation] sitting as the president at the beginning of this year‚" Hoskins said. "The one problem I didn’t want to deal with was who should be the next coach‚ because I felt that whoever took the poison chalice was really going to have a tough time.

"You know, if you look at the exodus of our top players‚ anybody who is appointed as the national coach is on a hiding," he said.

Hoskins also said that rugby was at a crossroads and that it needed urgent intervention. Dwindling crowds at games‚ a shrinking TV audience‚ an overly complicated Super Rugby structure and more than 300 South Africans playing abroad are some of the issues facing rugby.

"We are at a point now where a Codesa for rugby‚ if I can put it that way‚ [is needed]," Hoskins said.

"A national convention is needed where we call in our stakeholders. Let’s be blunt‚ I am talking about the Remgros‚ the SuperSports of this world."

"We need people to sit around the table and ask where we stop the haemorrhaging‚ do we continue with Sanzaar?"

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