Springboks

Uncertainty remains over Coetzee's Bok post

2018-01-22 07:14
Allister Coetzee (Gallo)
Cape Town - It remains unclear whether Allister Coetzee will stay on as Springbok coach in the 2018 season.

The talk behind the scenes is that SA Rugby wants to relieve Coetzee of his duties but legal matters regarding his contract appear to be delaying the decision.

According to Sunday newspaper Rapport, Coetzee met with his employers last Thursday but it appears that the two parties could not come to an amicable agreement.

It remains unclear when an announcement regarding Coetzee’s future will be made.

The Afrikaans weekly further reported that it remained more likely for Coetzee to leave his post as Bok coach and coach the Canon Eagles in Japan.

Reports late last year linked Coetzee to the job in Japan - he had coached the Kobelco Steelers before becoming Springbok coach in 2016.

Coetzee has won only 11 out of 25 Tests in charge of the Boks which gives him a meagre 44% win-record, well below his 65% mandate.  

Late last year Coetzee remained adamant that he wanted to remain as Bok coach.

He said they had made massive progress in 2017.

"I'm signed on until 2019. That's what my contract says. The team has really grown. It’s a really healthy team environment," Coetzee.

In 2016, the Boks won only four of 12 Tests (33.3%), while in 2017 they won seven of 13 Tests (54%).

Last year was, however, blighted by record losses to New Zealand (57-0, Albany) and Ireland (38-3, Dublin).

In case of Coetzee losing his job, it is expected that Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s new director of rugby, will take charge of the national team.

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