Rennie to replace Coetzee as Bok coach?

Date published: December 5 2016

Chiefs boss Dave Rennie is a strong candidate to take over the Springbok coaching reins from Allister Coetzee according to South African media reports.

The Rapport newspaper reports that the South Africa Rugby Union have already started the process of looking for a new coach. This, after the Boks struggled on the field during Coetzee's first year in charge.

Rennie has made no secret of his desire to coach at Test level but if he is offered the Bok job, a significant stumbling block is his commitment to Glasgow Warriors where he is set to replace Gregor Townsend in a two-year deal, when Townsend becomes Scotland's head coach at the start of the 2017/18 season.

The Springboks finished the 2016 season with a poor 33 percent win record and Coetzee will have to wait until after a performance appraisal by a sub-committee of SA Rugby on 13 December to see if he still has a job.

If it is decided to axe the former Stormers coach, Rennie, who led the Chiefs to Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013, could be a leading contender.

Other names that have also been mentioned as possible replacements are Munster's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and 2007 World Cup winning coach Jake White who finishes off a two-year spell as Montpellier's boss at the end of this season.

However, a potential stumbling block to firing Coetzee could be the pay out of his existing contract with SA Rugby already in a dire financial situation.