Preferred candidate for Bok coach ratified by Saru

Saru will announce the name of the new coach on 12 April.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins: Picture: Saru

CAPE TOWN - The new Springbok coach will be named officially at a media conference on 12 April, SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins confirmed on Friday.

He made the announcement following the ratification of the coach's appointment by rugby's general council - made up of the 14 member unions of SA Rugby. Ratification by the council is the final step in the constitutional process to appoint a Springbok coach.

Hoskins said that now that the final governance hurdle had been cleared, the formal completion of the new coach's contract and that of his management team could be completed.

"We are happy to have reached this point and are particularly excited with our final choice."

"Today's ratification triggers the final part of the process. We're looking forward to being able to confirm our choice publicly."

Hoskins said that logistical planning was well advanced for the Springbok season and that those plans had already been shared with the preferred candidate.

It is widely expected that former Stormers coach and Springbok assistant coach Allister Coetzee is the likely candidate to replace Heyneke Meyer.

Coetzee is currently contracted to the Kobe Steelers in Japan, but has publicly stated his ambition to coach the national side.