Coetzee, Ludeke turn down Boks

WP coach Allister Coetzee and Bulls mentor Frans Ludeke have reportedly turned down an opportunity to work with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

According to The Star, De Villiers is looking to replace assistants Dick Muir and Gary Gold. Heyneke Meyer, John Mitchell and Rassie Erasmus have already turned down assistant coach offers, and it seems Coetzee and Ludeke aren’t interested either.

Saru president Regan Hoskins has refused to comment on whether Muir and Gold are safe from the axe, although it’s been confirmed that De Villiers will remain as head coach. It’s believed De Villiers contacted Coetzee and Ludeke with offers to coach the Bok backline and forwards from the Grand Slam tour to the 2011 World Cup.

The fact that De Villiers couldn’t guarantee a post beyond next year’s tournament is also a major deterrent for the pair. Coetzee has done wonders with WP and the Stormers, while Ludeke has led the Bulls to two Super Rugby titles and a domestic crown. They are both tied up in contracts at their respective unions for the next three years.