Allister Coetzee unveiled as new Bok coach

Coetzee will lead the side until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

FILE: Allister Coetzee. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Allister Coetzee has been appointed the new Springbok coach. He will lead the side until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

He succeeds Heyneke Meyer who opted not to make himself available for possible reappointment at the conclusion of his contract in December.

Coetzee, 52, has left his position as the head coach of Kobe Kobelco Steelers in Japan to join SA Rugby having previously been the head coach of the Stormers and Western Province.

He was previously an assistant to Jake White as part of the World Cup-winning 2007 Springbok team.

Coetzee's appointment comes following unanimous ratification of the position by SA Rugby's general council on 1 April.

SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins says Coetzee's appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby.

"It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

"Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold."

He also paid tribute to Meyer and his management team for their dedication and service to Springbok rugby the past four years.

Coetzee says he is extremely honoured and humbled to coach the Springboks.

"This job comes with a huge amount of responsibility because our passionate fans rightfully demand the best from the Springboks at all times," says Coetzee.

"Rugby ignites so much passion in our country. The team inspires all our people and every young rugby player in our country aspires to be a Springbok one day. I know full well that coaching the Springboks requires a lot of dedication, patience and hard work. I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity."

WATCH: New Bok coach Allister Coetzee

Coetzee has already been involved in a number of planning sessions with SA Rugby staff and his first official engagement as a coach will be the opening Test of the year against Ireland in Cape Town on 11 June.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the appointment of Coetzee as the new Springbok coach is an historic appointment and not a 'token one'.

"I think the appointment of the coach is historic in many ways, it's a milestone and I don't think the coach being appointed by the board is a token. He has got his own mantle to prove and he has walked the talk and worked with great individuals."