If the Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, goes down, he will try to take with him the head of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Jurie Roux.
According to various media reports, the 54-year-old sent a comprehensive, 19-page document through his legal representatives to Roux in an attempt to illustrate that almost all the problems during his term are due to external factors.
Coetzee has only won 11 of his 25 tests to date.  However, his biggest defense is a meeting on January 18 with Roux, where Saru's CEO allegedly told him that his four-year contract was going to be rescinded when Coetzee had not even had his 2017 performance review yet.
It is understood that the evaluation, which was supposed to conclude in December, is not even close to beginning because Saru can not agree that the panel members will carry it out.
"In the context of the commitments between you and me prior to the meeting (of January 1
"Instead, the meeting was used as a platform to inform me of Saru's decision to, among other things, terminate my employment contract with immediate effect."
He also alleges that Roux told him that "my services will be canceled regardless of the outcome of the anticipated performance review, as provided in my employment contract."  What is clear is that Coetzee probably could not continue in his role with Rassie Erasmus, now firmly established in his role as director of rugby.
"If I want to remain in Saru's job, I will be reduced to a ceremonial coach, and also that Erasmus has already been employed to replace me and is already performing the duties of Springbok Trainer," wrote the mentor Bok.
"Should I be directed to the position of ceremonial coach, I would have to face the indignity of informing Rassie, the fact that the decision has been made to reduce me to a ceremonial coach if I resist any attempt by Saru to finish my services not only constitute an unfair labor practice but also violate my right to dignity and equality "
Coetzee also lists several reasons why he was" prepared to fail "as a coach at the time of his appointment in 2016, the little contribution that had in assistants and personnel of added value, the policy of Saru for players abroad, the lack of support on the transformation and the logistical limitations.
"I will not allow the elements of SARU to destroy me intentionally and make me unusable, I am not interested in money and I will fight to protect my hard earned reputation," he wrote.
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