Smit, Percy still in Bok picture

John Smit will continue to lead the Springboks given the presidents’ council’s decision to accommodate overseas-based players.

The council met on Thursday to discuss various issues, the primary one being that of overseas-based Springboks. They have since overturned an earlier decision, meaning the likes of Smit, Percy Mongomery, Victor Matfield, Butch James as well as several others are still eligible for national selection.

The topic of Bok coach was also discussed and following final interviews on 3 and 4 December the council will meet to appoint Jake White’s successor. White will see out his contract by leading the Boks on the two-match UK tour.

Sharks coach Dick Muir’s late application was rejected because of process, with a SARU statement saying the next Bok coach would come from Heyneke Meyer, Allister Coetzee, Peter de Villiers and Chester Williams.