Flying economy class could have had adverse effect on player performance says ex Bok fitness guru

Flying economy class could have had adverse effect on player performance says ex Bok fitness guru

- Financial constraints forced SA Rugby to use economy rather than business class

- Derick Coetzee says this could impact player sleeping rhythms

- Coetzee was the Springbok fitness coach between 2004 and 2007

The Springboks woeful display against Ireland last Saturday could be blamed -at least in part- on the decision by SA Rugby to fly to Europe in economy rather than business class.

This is according to the teams former fitness coach Derick Coetzee.

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Coetzee says an important part of any international tour is ensuring that the player’s biological clocks are set properly. He says flying in economy class probably caused some disruption to their sleeping patterns and could in part be blamed for the sluggish performance.

Briefly.co.za learned from Sport24.com that Coetzee said that he would never allow physically big players or players with lower back injuries fly in economy class.

Coetzee was a valued member of the South African team between 2004 and 2007. He worked with head coach Jake White and ultimately had a hand in winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

The Springboks started their end of year tour in dismal form with a record 38-3 loss to Ireland in Dublin last Saturday. The team will play France on Saturday.

Rumours have emerged suggesting that SA Rugby had lost patience with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. Sources say that Coetzee will be fired in early December.

Coetzee currently has the win-loss record of any national coach after the same amount of games. Since taking over as coach Coetzee’s charges have won only 41% of the matches they have played.

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