Bok coach named on April 12

Date published: March 31 2016

The South African Rugby Union have confirmed that the identity of the new Springbok coach will only be made public on April 12. 

The name of a SARU's preferred candidate will be brought before a Special General Council meeting on Friday, April 1, ahead of the Annual General Meeting of SA Rugby.

If the preferred candidate is ratified by the Council, his name (and his management team) will be unveiled after the finalisation of his contract. 

According to reports in the South African media, Allister Coetzee is set to take over the coaching reins from Heyneke Meyer.

Coetzee, who currently coaches Japan’s Kobe Steelers is, however, reportedly trying to convince the SARU to allow him to select his management team.

It is understood that Coetzee is negotiating to have Robbie Fleck and Matt Proudfoot to be part of his backroom staff. The duo were also Coetzee's assistants during his stint as the Stormers' head coach.

Other matters of urgency on the AGM's agenda reportedly include a discussion about the events leading to the provisional liquidation of the Kings, the absence of a sponsor for the Currie Cup and the scandal surrounding CEO Jurie Roux.

Roux faces charges related to the alleged misappropriation of funds at Stellenbosch University.