The search for a successor to Heyneke Meyer for the top job in South African rugby will not be open to applications, instead, possible candidates will be approached during an ongoing process.
According to reports in the South African press, Saru CEO Jurie Roux is at the head of the recruitment task and a final recommendation to the position is set for approval when the general council next meets in March.
The new Bok coach was expected to be made known in December last year when the council met in Cape Town, with former Stormers coach Allistair Coetzee, former Sharks coach John Plumtree, and Lions coach Johan Ackerman being the most talked-about contenders. There has also been speculation about Rassie Erasmus and Gert Small concerning the coaching position.
Possible changes made to the Bok coaching set-up will also be put forward at the general council meeting in March, with the possibility of a technical advisor role to assist the head coach.