It seems that Allister Coetzee has taken himself out of the running for the Bok coaching job, passing the favourite tag to SARU General Manager of High Performance Teams, Rassie Erasmus.
Former Stormers coach Coetzee announced to Japanese media that he has assured his team, the Kobe Steelers, that he would be back to complete his tenure with the Top League side next season. Coetzee also reportddly told journalists covering the final weekend of the competition that he would not be taking the Springbok coaching job.
Coetzee seemed to be the front-runner in contention for the vacancy and received wide support from rugby unions, with the Western Province Rugby Union also publicly giving him the thumbs-up for the top job.
Erasmus, who is also the head of the SARU Mobi-unit and a selector in the SA Referees Society, seems to be next in line as he has widely been hailed the best possible candidate for the position.
There has been speculation in the media that SARU might elect a short-term interim coach, with Erasmeus topping the list of candidates.
SARU is expected to reveal the new Bok coach next month, with the decision to be approved by the General Council at its first meeting in March.