Coetzee : Stormers will need lots of new talent

Japan bound former Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has told the Western Cape
Super Rugby franchise that they will need to buy in new players to remain competitive
next season.

Coetzee has accepted a position to coach Japanese club, Kobe Kobelco Steelers
and will leave Cape Town shortly but before departing he gave the Cape side
a few pointers on where they should be looking to fill gaps.

The Stormers won the South African Super Rugby conference for the third time
this year but were knocked out by the Brumbies in the qualifying round.

Coetzee says that if the Stormers want to be successful in 2016 they will need
to add a number of new recruits.

“Steven Kitshoff was superb as loosehead prop, but he’s leaving
us (Bordeaux, France). Next year, the Stormers can’t call on a younger
player’s services in his absence. We need a senior loosehead,” Coetzee
told Netwerk24.

“Manuel Carizza is leaving Western Province, which means there is a void
at No 5 lock. Ruan Botha is the only one remaining.”

Coetzee said that the loss of Duane Vermeulen (Toulon, France) and Michael
Rhodes (Saracens, England) means that they need to sign a new loose forward.

“Preferably, it should be someone that plays to the ball, like Heinrich
Brussow or Marcell Coetzee.”

The 52-year-old also said that they will need a replacement for flyhalf Demetri
Catrakilis who has signed with Montpellier in France and that signing new wingers
will need to be a top priority.

“We kicked the season off without a specialist left wing so I opted for
Dillyn (Leyds). You can’t persist with so little physical presence in
your back three. ”

“You face guys like Julian Savea, Waisake Naholo and Nemani Nadolo. It’s
frightening. WP have Kobus van Wyk, but need to sign two more wings.”

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