- Vlok Cilliers was finally appointed as a kick consultant in France until the 2023 World Cup.
- Cilliers has always dreamed of playing a coaching role at the World Cup.
- He fears that the 2020 end-of-year shock between The Blues and the Springboks will not happen.
The coronavirus crisis and the budget cuts associated with rugby made a few nervous weeks for a South African consultant specializing in kicking, Vlok Cilliers.
But finally, a few days ago, he signed conditions to help the French national team as such for the period up to and including the World Cup on this soil in 2023.
Former Springbok player SA Sevens and former West Province half-shuttlecock – former Newlands teammate to current Blues head coach Fabien Galthie – was clearly seen to have added healthy value to their push in the Six Nations tournament interrupted earlier this year. , where he helped France for the first time.
“The discussion had been coming first for the Six Nations, but then everything worked out to plan (on the extension) for the next three years at the World Cup,” said Cilliers Sport24 Tuesday.
“Then, during the tournament, Fabien said:” Listen, we have to settle your contract soon “; I was scheduled to return in April for three weeks – but was unable to return due to the lockout.
“There was some uncertainty because French rugby suffered wage cuts during the pandemic.
“We then resumed our negotiations for about a month and, finally, last week, everything fell into place.
“I always dreamed of playing a coaching role in a World Cup … I did the Currie Cup, Super Rugby, various concerts in the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s an icing on the cake for me. “
Cilliers says he is expected to be hired in France for about 16 weeks a year, in three blocks, depending on the national team’s testing activity.
“Usually it would be for the Six Nations at the start of the year, then the traditional central block in the middle of the year when the European teams head south – France is expected to play tests in Australia next year – and again for the November test activity at home.
“In France, their clubs are already training in small groups, so warm-up matches should be possible in August, in time for the start of September of the Top14 action.
“As far as the test team is concerned, a lot is still pending due to the pandemic: we can still play our only 2020 Six Nations game against Ireland at home, then two against Scotland plus matches against England, Fiji. and Japan.
“Another option is the proposed international tournament, featuring teams from Six Nations and two others, in two groups of four, for a central event in Twickenham … although World Rugby has yet to decide. “
Cilliers is less optimistic about locking the horns with his homeland – something that was planned (November 21) for the Boks’ planned four-game tour later this year.
“We are supposed to be playing against Georgia, Australia and the Springboks at the end of the year, but these seem more dubious due to international travel restrictions affecting incoming countries.
“Perhaps things could still change on this front; it’s not off the table.
“I can tell you one thing: a lot of coaches on our team will be extremely disappointed if this Bok test does not happen … it would be a good measure for our young team where we are – against the world champions of cut with their big physical pack.
“The Boks, of course, would really like a good result against the host country for RWC 2023, too. “
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