Board to tackle Bok post
17 Nov 2011
The process for appointing a new Springbok coach is top of the agenda in an executive committee meeting of the South African Rugby Union in Cape Town on Thursday.
Among other issues on the table are the proposed six-team Currie Cup, Test match venues for 2012 and the Kings’ planned participation in Super Rugby in 2013, although keo.co.za understands that the Eastern Cape franchise are certainties. That discussion is likely to deal with details around their inclusion, not their inclusion itself.
As for the coaching role, it appears there are pre-determined favourites. Stormers and Western Province coach Allister Coetzee seems the preferred man for the job, with WP director of rugby Rassie Erasmus touted to fill a similar role at national level. There is sure to be discontent among potential suitors if Peter de Villiers’ successor is headhunted (as opposed to the lengthy process of calling for applications and interviewing shortlisted candidates it has followed in the past).
De Villiers has indicated that he will apply for the post, while others like Gert Smal, who coached the Springboks’ forwards to a world title in 2007, has also been mentioned. Smal’s successor Gary Gold last week said he would love the challenge of being the head coach.
World Cup winning coach Jake White has consistently spoken about his desire for another tenure, but others like John Mitchell of the Lions and Heyneke Meyer of the Bulls are unlikely to throw their names into the hat.