SA Rugby confirmed on Friday that they hoped to announce the identity of the new Springbok coach following the Annual General Meeting at the start of April.
SA Rugby President Oregan Hoskins confirmed that a preferred candidate had been identified and that the recommendation would now be considered by the General Council.
"The High Performance committee examined a list of potential coaches and identified their preferred candidate against a set of pre-determined criteria," said Hoskins.
"In broad terms we were looking for someone with a proven track record at an elite level; someone who would embrace the objectives of our Strategic Transformation Plan and someone who would understand the public demands of the job and what that entails.
"The Executive Council accepted the High Performance committee’s recommendation some time ago and the preferred candidate’s name will now be set before the General Council."
Hoskins said that the preferred candidate would not be in attendance of the Council meeting as his appointment would be dependent on their decision.
The AGM takes place on 1 April.