Episode 32: Ed Coetzee – The business of rugby

Considered one of rugby’s nice myths is that the forwards are all the time the unthinking, heavy lifters, whereas the backs have all of the brains. It in all probability comes from a small pattern of gamers again within the sport’s sepia-toned previous, however instances have modified. Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee was a prop – and an excellent one at that – he performed Tremendous Rugby for the Sharks, for South Africa ‘A’ and spent eight years enjoying in France for Biarritz. He’s something however unthinking or brainless, and as rugby enters a brand new post-Covid-19 world, the challenges that the sport confronted earlier than the pandemic ravaged the planet, have been exacerbated by six months of lockdown. Earlier enterprise fashions must be torn up and re-engineered. For the following few years at the very least, skilled rugby in South Africa and globally too, will probably be in a precarious place. It’ll take daring, modern younger leaders corresponding to Coetzee to navigate a means by means of these turbulent instances. 

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