No contact from SARU – Coetzee

Date published: November 27 2015

Kobelco Steelers coach Allister Coetzee has poured cold water on South African media reports that he is lined up to be the next Springbok coach.

Widespread reports have linked the former Stormers boss with the Bok job amid speculation that current coach Heyneke Meyer's contract will not be renewed.

Coetzee, who was an assistant coach to Jake White during the Boks' victorious 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign, has been touted as the ideal candidate to replace Meyer in the context of South African rugby's transformation necessities.

Some reports have claimed that Coetzee's appointment is a "done deal" but it is believed that many provincial unions are against his candidature.

The South African Rugby Union General Council, which is made up of provincial representatives, is set to meet on December 9 with the national coaching job at the top of the agenda.

Coetzee rubbished reports that he had met with SARU officials recently.

"You're right when you say there are rumours, because I don't know anything about it," replied Coetzee when contacted by Business Day Live.

Indeed, Meyer's fate remains to be seen with SARU president Oregan Hoskins amongst those backing his reappointment.