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Coetzee ‘cannot say no’ to Bok job

Allister Coetzee, who was assistant in the 2007 World Cup, is currently coaching club rugby in Japan.

Western Province Coach Allister Coetzee addresses the media on 23 October 2014 ahead of the team's Currie Cup final game against the Golden Lions at Newlands. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Allister Coetzee has reiterated to EWN Sport that should he be offered the chance to succeed Heyneke Meyer as Springbok coach, it would be a career prospect he couldn’t refuse.

Coetzee is currently coaching club rugby in Japan and is back in South Africa following the conclusion of the domestic season in that country.

The Springboks take on Ireland in a 3-match series in June, with the role of a new coach set to be clarified in April.

The 52-year-old is one of the favourites for the post having previously been an assistant in the 2007 World Cup triumph and a lengthy, successful stint with Western Province and the Stormers.

Coetzee says that if the right sort of offer is presented to him then he’ll jump at the chance.

“I’m really happy in Japan, I’m working with a great group of coaches and management members and at a great club as well. But if there’s an opportunity, obviously it’s something that you cannot say no to.”

He says he has not allowed media speculation affect his prospects.

“There’s been a lot of media speculation and I’ve said it before that the media cannot appoint anyone as a coach. I think important here is that SA Rugby is in control of that, from my part definitely that’s always something that would be an objective but it’s not something that I’ve been chasing.”

Coetzee adds that should the job be offered to him, he’d need to consider all aspects of being Bok coach.

“You’ve got to make sure that you make the right decision, it’s not always an easy job, it’s a tough job.”

LISTEN: Meyer’s departure unpacked

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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