Mitchell says no to Bok post

Lions coach John Mitchell says he won’t apply for Springbok coaching job.

Following the Boks’ early World Cup exit, coach Peter de Villiers said that he won’t be continuing with the team post 2011. Saru has also announced that they will begin the head coach selection process after the World Cup has concluded on 23 October.

Rassie Erasmus, Allister Coetzee, Brendan Venter, John Plumtree and Heyneke Meyer have all been mentioned as possible candidates. According to Beeld newspaper, Mitchell won’t be throwing his name into the hat.

‘No, I won’t apply,’ said Mitchell, who added that he will be concentrating on his job at the Lions. Mitchell is determined to see out his three-year contract with the Gauteng side.

Victor Matfield said earlier in the week that the Boks would be better off with a South African coach. With Mitchell, a New Zealander and former All Blacks coach, ruling himself out as an option, it’s very likely the next Bok mentor will be South African.