A new Springbok coach will be named Friday with Allister Coetzee expected to be tasked with making the team a formidable force again while radically altering its racial composition.
Former provincial scrum-half Coetzee made the Stormers the dominant South African franchise in Super Rugby during six years in charge, reaching the knockout stage four times.
A new Springbok coach will be named Friday with Allister Coetzee expected to be tasked with making the team a formidable force again. Photo by: Matthew Jordaa. Credit: Independent Media
He moved to Japan last year to take charge of the Kobelco Steelers, but says “coaching the Springboks would be the pinnacle of my career”.
Coetzee was an assistant to coach Jake White when South Africa won the Rugby World Cup a second time in 2007.
South Africa finished third at the latest World Cup in England last year, but only after suffering a humiliating loss to minnows Japan in their first group game.
It was the most stunning result since the 1987 launch of the quadrennial competition and followed an almost-as-embarrassing home defeat by the Springboks to Argentina in the Rugby Championship.