Coetzee 'excited, honoured' to return to Japan

2018-03-09 15:55
Allister Coetzee

Cape Town - Allister Coetzee says he is looking forward to his new role as head coach the Canon Eagles.

This comes after it was confirmed on Friday that Coetzee’s was appointed as head coach of the Japanese club.

“It is a very exciting feeling to return to Japan. During my last job here, I was able to enjoy the Japanese culture,” Coetzee said on the Canon Eagles’ official website.

“It is a great honour to be a member of the Canon Eagles with the vision of becoming one of the top teams in Japan's top league.

“I would like to add my own new values to the advanced and professional environment that the Canon Eagles has. I am looking forward to the challenging new goals with everyone in the team.”

Coetzee was heavily linked with a move back to Japan after he was sacked as Springbok coach in February.

He was relieved from his Springbok post after two tumultuous seasons which saw the national team win only 11 of 25 Tests.

Coetzee previously coached the Kobelco Steelers in Japan before becoming Springbok coach in 2016.

Before that he had coached Western Province and the Stormers.

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