Springbok coach Allister Coetzee gets reprieve
A compromise deal may include Brendan Venter — Italy’s new defensive coach — as team consultant, according to an insider Allister Coetzee will stay on as Springbok coach‚ a highly place source confirms‚ but there could be a compromise
Allister Coetzee will stay on as Springbok coach‚ a highly place source confirmed to Times Media on Wednesday afternoon‚ but there could be a compromise.
Coetzee‚ who oversaw just four wins in 12 Tests in his first year in charge as Springbok coach‚ has somehow survived the axe and will continue in his role as head coach in 2017.
The source indicated part of the compromise would be for coach Brendan Venter‚ who was on Monday confirmed as part of the Italian coaching staff until 2019‚ will be the Springbok’s consultant on a more permanent basis.
How that situation will unfold‚ given that the Italian Rugby Federation had just made the announcement‚ remains unclear. Venter was unavailable for comment.
Coetzee’s position will come under review again after June’s series against France. If the Boks lose it‚ he will be axed.
It is understood SA Rugby wanted to hire Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus while they could still trigger his “get out” clause‚ but Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged SA Rugby to retain Coetzee.
SA Rugby have not yet made an official announcement on Coetzee’s tenure following their review process.