SA Rugby have announced that their preferred candidate as Springbok coach has been ratified by the South African Rugby Union's General Council.
The new Springbok coach will be named officially at a media conference on 12 April, SA Rugby President Oregan Hoskins confirmed on Friday.
He made the announcement following the ratification of the coach’s appointment by the General Council – made up of the 14 member unions of SA Rugby. Ratification by the Council is the final step in the constitutional process to appoint a Springbok coach.
Hoskins said that now that the final governance hurdle had been cleared the formal completion of the new coach’s contract and of that of his management team could be completed.
"We are happy to have reached this point and are particularly excited with our final choice," said Hoskins.
"Today’s ratification triggers the final part of the process. We’re looking forward to being able to confirm our choice publicly."
Hoskins said that logistical planning was well advanced for the Springbok season and that those plans had already been shared with the preferred candidate.
SA Rugby also announced the appointment of Peter Jooste as a Springbok selector and of the completion of the Junior
Springbok (Under-20) management team.
Junior Springbok Head Coach: Dawie Theron
Manager: Trevor Barnes
Assistant coach backline: Nazeem Adams
Defence coach: Joey Mongalo
Analyst: Chris Venter
Doctor: Dr. Jerome Mampane
Physiotherapist: Anuerin Robyn
Conditioning coach: Andre Smit
Media Liaison: Zeena Isaacs