Super Rugby coaches still in Bok contention

Saru has confirmed that the delayed appointment of a new Bok coach does not mean Super Rugby coaches like Allister Coetzee are no longer in the running for the post.

Saru announced last week that the Bok coach appointment would be ratified on 27 January. The date is less than a month before the start of the 2012 Super Rugby competition, and so it seemed to follow that regional coaches weren’t being considered, because if a Super Rugby coach was to be picked, their franchise would have minimal time to organise a replacement.

Saru chief executive Jurie Roux told The Cape Times that this shouldn’t be a problem. While he didn’t mention Coetzee by name, he confirmed that current Super Rugby coaches may indeed be considered for the Bok post.

Incumbent Peter de Villiers has made it clear that he wants a second term in charge, and Saru has confirmed that De Villiers is on the list of top candidates. Roux, however, moved to quash rumours that Saru will be looking for an interim coach for the three Tests against England next June.

It has been suggested that because he is a man who has worked extensively with this group of players, De Villiers is the best coaching option for that South Africa vs England series. The team will have very little time to prepare given the hectic Super Rugby schedule, but Roux has denied that Saru are considering such a temporary arrangement.

Stormers chief Rassie Erasmus had previously been linked to a possible director of rugby post at Saru, but with the restructuring of the rugby’s governing body, the position has not been created. Instead the new position of high performance manager will be up for grabs, and Roux said this person would be more of an administrative figure. The Bok coach will not report to the high performance manager.

Roux also confirmed that the 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division will be contested by the six best teams of 2011, namely the Lions, Sharks, Cheetahs, Western Province, Bulls and Griquas.