Coetzee promises to bring ‘bold style of play’ to SA rugby

Allister Coetzee was yesterday named as the successor to Heyneke Meyer, to coach the Springboks.

Allister Coetzee has been named the new Springboks coach. Picture: Saru.

JOHANNESBURG - New Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has promised to bring a bold style of play to South African rugby.

The former Stormers coach was yesterday named as the successor to Heyneke Meyer.

The Cape Town-based franchise was heavily transformed under Coetzee's watchful eye, something he maintains is high on his priority list.

Coetzee is confident he can send the Springboks back to the top of the International Rugby Board world rankings.

Tasked with breathing some fresh air into South African rugby, Coetzee says he has a winning formula.

"If they believe in it and they're buying into to it, then we'll have the Springbok team that can go anywhere and any part of the world and do their best."

There has been no word on who Coetzee will appoint as his captain, with that decision only expected to take place closer to his first test against Ireland in June.


Coetzee has described his appointment as an emotional rollercoaster.

Despite missing out on the job in 2008 after being assistant coach to Jake White, who lead the country to its second World Cup title a year earlier, Coetzee says he kept focusing on the task at hand.

The rugby coach has described the Springboks as a team that belongs to the country, and that he is not his own.

LISTEN: Allister Coetzee speaks to 702'S John Robbie about his new job as Springboks coach.


Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said South African rugby is on track with the country's transformation goals with new Springbok coach now at the helm.

His assistants will now be Johan van Graan and former Blitzbok Mzwandile Stick.

Mbalula said critics have overstated the transformation issues.

"[With] transformation, we are on track, like [SA Rugby CEO] Jurie [Roux] explained, we have six dimensions that we have agreed upon. We are no longer speaking out of turn. On the question about critics, they want to sensationalise the issue and want to make us look as if we are not doing anything about it."