WP to announce Coetzee's departure for Japan

Allister Coetzee will be taking up a lucrative coaching contract with the Kobe Steelers in Japan.

FILE: Western Province Coach Allister Coetzee. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - EWN Sport understands that Western Province Rugby will announce on Tuesday that Allister Coetzee will leave at the conclusion of the Stormers Super Rugby season to take up a lucrative contract coaching the Kobe Steelers in Japan.

The Stormers coach will replace Gary Gold who has linked up with the Sharks squad who are currently in France ahead of a friendly against Toulon on Thursday.

It's understood that John Dobson, who has been coaching the Vodacom Cup side, will take over the reins of the Currie Cup squad after Coetzee's departure, a competition in which they're the defending champions.

On Sunday, Kobe's Kiyo Inueo told EWN Sport that Coetzee was "one of the candidates that they are considering" to replace Gold, but it looks now that they've moved to capture the 2007 World Cup-winning Springbok assistant coach.

Coetzee refused to be drawn on the deal when contacted on Monday, only to confirm that his future would be clarified soon.