Coetzee puts his hand up for Springbok job

Date published: March 1 2016

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Kolbeco Steelers boss Allister Coetzee has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant Springbok coaching job.

Coetzee – who was part of South Africa's coaching staff under Jake White from 2004 to 2007 – has been coaching the Steelers in Japan after he resigned as the Stormers' head coach at the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

The 52-year-old, who is back in South Africa on holiday, said he is ready, keen and available if the Bok job should come his way.

"The only people who can decide and appoint is the South African Rugby Union, but from my side it's still one of my dreams to do that (coaching the Boks)," Coetzee told Ballz Visual Radio.

"That's why I started as a player but it wasn't to be and then I went in to coaching because the passion is still there for the game. For any coach, I suppose, that will be the pinnacle of his career.

"For me nothing has changed. To be able to represent your country… it's massive.

"Especially Springbok rugby. I've had a taste of it and I'm still growing as a person.

"I've been overseas, also growing tremendously, working with other international players from New Zealand and Japanese internationals.

"So it's definitely still one of my objectives in my career."

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