Cape Town – Allister Coetzee insists he has not yet put pen
to paper to become the next Springbok coach.
Coetzee is believed be to the favourite to succeed Heyneke
Meyer, but according to the HeraldLIVE website, it’s not yet a done deal
despite increasing rumours suggesting he may have already agreed to terms.
“Definitely not,” Coetzee said when asked if he had signed.
“I’m in Cape Town on holiday and having a great time. A lot has been said in
the media and I would not like to tell anything that is not close to the
Coetzee currently coaches the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in
Last Friday, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed
on that it hoped to announce the identity of the new Bok coach following the
Annual General Meeting at the start of next month.
SARU president Oregan Hoskins confirmed that a preferred
candidate had been identified and that the recommendation would now be
considered by the General Council.
“The High Performance committee examined a list of potential
coaches and identified their preferred candidate against a set of
pre-determined criteria,” said Hoskins.
“In broad terms we were looking for someone with a proven
track record at an elite level; someone who would embrace the objectives of our
Strategic Transformation Plan and someone who would understand the public
demands of the job and what that entails.
“The Executive Council accepted the High Performance
committee’s recommendation some time ago and the preferred candidate’s name
will now be set before the General Council.”
Rassie Erasmus, currently SARU’s general manager of high
performance, was earlier reported to be another candidate considered for the