McKay at the helm of Kobe Steelers

Date published: April 20 2016

Former Reds attacking coach Jim McKay has been appointed as Kobelco Steelers' head coachfollowing the departure of Allister Coetzee.

The 52-year-old South African coach took the reins at Kobelco Steelers in 2015 after being in charge of the Stormers since 2010. Coetzee was announced, last week, as the new Springboks head coach for the next four years.

McKay, who assisted Tonga at last year's World Cup, was in charge of the electric Reds' backline – which included the flamboyant Quade Cooper and Will Genia – that won the 2011 Super Rugby title. He also assisted former Wallaby head coach Ewan Mckenzie during 2013 and 2014.

"It's a really exciting time to become involved in Japanese rugby following the success by the national team at the World Cup and also through the inclusion of the Sunwolves in Super Rugby," McKay told Stuff.