SA Rugby has assembled a vastly experienced team management to assist the new Springbok head coach with the core duties in preparing the team for the next four years.
Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the next four years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South Africa, said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby this morning.
The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.
Coetzee was a Junior Springbok in 1992 and played Currie Cup rugby for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996 and also played in the 1994 Super 10 competition for them.
During his playing career, he was a teacher at Gelvan Park Primary School in Port Elizabeth, where he worked for fifteen years. He played as a scrum-half and retired at the end of 1996.
Coetzee called up former Springbok Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick to join Johann van Graan as assistant coach, with Ian Schwartz carrying on as team manager.
The 31 year-old Stick is a product of Newell High