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Coetzee confirms Japan move

The Stormers coach won't extend his contract after it expires later this year.

Stormers' Gert Smal, Sam Dube, Thelo Wakefield and Allister Coetzee briefing the media on 3 February 2015. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Province Rugby on Tuesday announced coach Allister Coetzee won't extend his contract after it expires later this year.

He will leave Cape Town to take up the head coach role at the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in Japan, replacing Gary Gold.

Coetzee confirmed on Tuesday he would be leaving after eight years at the helm.

He worked hard to win over the demanding Stormers' fans, coming close in Super Rugby, losing in the final to the Bulls in 2010.

Coetzee will be best remembered for finally bringing the Currie Cup back to Newlands, clinching the title in 2012 and 2014.

The coach says he thought long and hard about the move and consulted at length with Gert Smal.

Coetzee will be hopeful of ending his 10-year term on high as he leads the team in Super Rugby for a final time.

The opening game of the campaign is against the Bulls on 14 February.