Rugby

Coetzee's replacement at Kobe Steel named

2016-04-20 14:23
Jim McKay (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Wallabies and Reds attack coach Jim McKay has replaced new Springboks mentor Allister Coetzee as head coach of Japan's Kobe Steel.

According to the Stuff website, McKay, best known for overseeing the Reds' electric backline in their 2011 Super Rugby triumph, signed with the Steelers after assisting Tonga at last year's Rugby World Cup.

The 49-year-old spent 15 months as Wallabies backs coach in 2013 and 2014 but lost his job after Ewen McKenzie's controversial exit that saw Michael Cheika take over.

The Steelers finished fourth in last season's Japanese Top League under the guidance of Coetzee, who was last week appointed South Africa's new coach until the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Former Stormers forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot in the current Kobe Steel assistant coach, while Springboks Andries Bekker and Jaque Fourie ply their trade at the club.

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