Date set for Bok coach announcement

Former Stormers and Bok assistant coach, Allister Coetzee, is the front runner to replace Heyneke Meyer.

Heyneke Meyer's replacement will be announced next month. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Rugby Union (Saru) confirmed they will announce the new Springbok coach and his management team on 12 April, with the preferred candidate to be ratified by the Executive Council at the Annual General Meeting, which will be taking place tomorrow.

It seems that former Stormers and Bok assistant coach, Allister Coetzee, is the clear front runner to replace Heyneke Meyer with Coetzee currently under contract with the Kobe Steelers in Japan.

A key priority for whoever the man tasked with South African rugby's top job will be attaining a target of 50 percent transformation for the national side mandated by Saru.

Late last year, Meyer announced he would step down as Springbok coach, after a he was the subject of public scrutiny over the Boks dismal performance in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The Boks lost 34-32 to Japan in the opening match of the World Cup, renewing calls to have him fired.

"My integrity has always been very important and I feel I can leave with my head held high. I've always maintained that my only motivation was to serve my country and to do what was best for the Springboks."

At the time, Saru's Oregan Hoskins thanked Meyer for his services to South African rugby and his commitment.

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