Coetzee chuffed flyhalf is back in squad
Having overcome chronic migraines as a result of concussion, Pat Lambie may be the panacea for the lingering headache Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has had at flyhalf.
That appears to be the longterm prognosis now that Lambie is back in the Bok fold.
Meanwhile, Coetzee has denied claims that he sent out an SOS call to SA Rugby to bolster his coaching team.
Weekend media reports suggested that the coach‚ who is facing a flurry of criticism for his side’s poor performance in the Rugby Championship this year where they have won just one match‚ had made a plea to the country’s rugby governing body to assist by allocating additional coaching staff.
“If I have a problem with the management team‚ I’ll sort it out with the management team; and I’d sort it out with SA Rugby‚” Coetzee said.
“At this point in time there are no issues from my side.”
Lambie has also lifted the veil on the concussion injury he sustained in the first test against Ireland in June.
The flyhalf, who has made a welcome return to the Bok set-up, said he was hoping to contribute in any way when the Springboks take on the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
“I had a low-grade migraine for almost three months. I was waking up every morning with a headache, sore eyes and low energy, and really not feeling up to much,” Lambie said.
“Thankfully, the doctors looked after me. Everybody has cleared me and there is no risk of me being more susceptible to concussion than I was before.
“I’ve suffered about four or five migraines a year since I was 14 or 15. That was one factor that counted against me suffering a big concussion. With a bit of medication I came right.”
Newly appointed defence coach Chean Roux came under fire in weekend newspaper reports for his role in a side that looked shaky on defence‚ while backline coach Mzwandile Stick has also borne the brunt of a critical media and public.
Coetzee remains confident he and his coaching staff are working hard to ensure that the Boks return to winning ways.
“The mood in the camp is positive‚ and we are looking forward to this week‚” he said.
“Obviously‚ the campaign has not gone the way we planned‚ but we have to reset our goals again.
“There is still a lot to play for in this competition‚ although we must give credit to New Zealand for clinching the Rugby Championship.
“As a group we still have our ambitions‚ our objectives‚ and hopefully we can start this weekend at Loftus.”
Coetzee was chuffed to have Lambie back in the squad after being out of action for three months.
He confirmed Lambie would be considered for selection this weekend against the Wallabies.
“It’s great to have Pat back. He had a great session this [yesterday] morning‚” Coetzee said.
“He will be part of the plans going forward into this weekend. He will be up for selection.”