Cape Town - Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the
next four years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South
Africa, said Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby.
The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer
at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph
have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.
“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of
Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Hoskins.
“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing
alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new
man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.
“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby
credentials, his understanding of our unique South African
transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as
Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok
“The Springbok coaching job is an enormous challenge but Allister has
the full support of us at SA Rugby and we will be united in our efforts
to continue to make Springbok rugby strong. I want to wish him well in
his new job, I also want to pay tribute to Heyneke and his management
team for their dedication and service to Springbok rugby the past four
Coetzee is arguably the most experienced man to be given the Springbok
head coach’s job. He will draw on his personal involvement in 66 matches
in the Springbok backroom in 2000 and between 2004 and 2007. He also
has an exemplary record at Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby record.
Coetzee said he was extremely honoured and humbled to coach the Springboks.
“This job comes with a huge amount of responsibility because our
passionate fans rightfully demand the best from the Springboks at all
times,” said Coetzee.
“Rugby ignites so much passion in our country. The team inspires all our
people and every young rugby player in our country aspires to be a
Springbok one day. I know full well that coaching the Springboks
requires a lot of dedication, patience and hard work. I am very excited
and grateful for this opportunity.”
SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, said that Coetzee had been recommended for the
role by the SA Rugby High Performance Committee, whose recommendation
had been accepted by the Executive Council and the General Council over
He said that Coetzee emerged as the best candidate for the role
following a robust and thorough process. “Allister was the most
outstanding candidate based on his excellent track record as a coach at
provincial and Vodacom Super Rugby level, which makes his appointment a
great one for SA Rugby,” said Roux.
“He proved himself on the domestic front by winning the Currie Cup twice
with DHL Western Province and leading the DHL Stormers to three SA
Conference titles in the extremely tough Vodacom Super Rugby
competition. And we all know of his contributions as assistant coach to
the Springboks, culminating in success at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
“We at SA Rugby are pleased with his appointment and we know we have the
right person to lead us into the next and hopefully exciting phase of
Springbok rugby. We’re also grateful to Kobe for allowing Allister to
join us in South Africa.”
Coetzee had already been involved in a number of planning sessions with
SA Rugby staff said Roux. His first official engagement as a coach will
be the opening Test of the year against Ireland in Cape Town on
Saturday, June 11.