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Ex-Stormers boss Coetzee to take over Springboks ahead of Ireland Tests

South Africa’s next head coach will be announced on 12 April after SARU’s general council ratified its preferred candidate.

Waiting game: Coetzee will leave Japanese club Kobe Steelers and should be named to his new post on 12 April.
Waiting game: Coetzee will leave Japanese club Kobe Steelers and should be named to his new post on 12 April.

THE PREFERRED CANDIDATE to assume the vacant position as head coach of South Africa has been ratified by South Africa Rugby Union’s (SARU) general council.

The Springboks have been without a coach since Heyneke Meyer stood down from the role in December following a third-placed finish at the Rugby World Cup.

Ex-Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee, who worked under Jake White during his time at the South Africa helm between 2004 and 2007, is believed to be the frontrunner for the position.

Following the agreement by the general council, formal contract completion can occur with the appointment set to be announced on April 12.

“We are happy to have reached this point and are particularly excited with our final choice,” said SARU president Oregan Hoskins.

“Today’s ratification triggers the final part of the process. We’re looking forward to being able to confirm our choice publicly.”

South Africa, who made it to the World Cup semi-final last year before being edged out by the All Blacks, will host Ireland in a three-Test series in June.

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