Coetzee's fate to be decided next week

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:36
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NEWS: Under-fire Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will know his fate next week, according to a statement from SA Rugby.

The Springboks endured a torrid season under Coetzee in 2016 with the Boks losing a record eight Tests.

There are reports that Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus is currently in the country having talks with SA Rugby heads about the head coach position, but his lawyer Frikkie Erasmus told rugby365 that the reports were not true.

Another rumour is that there is an "international" clause in Erasmus' contract with Munster, which will allow him to leave the Irish province if he is offered a head coaching role of a national team. 

If that is not enough to get people talking, there is also a rumour doing the rounds is that Coetzee must prove himself in June in the three-Test series against France - if the Boks lose the series then Coetzee will be fired.

However, it is also believed that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula wants SA Rugby to keep Coetzee on as head coach

SA Rugby expects to announce the outcome of its coaching review process towards the end of next week.

SARU President Mark Alexander said that the report-back had been received by the Executive Council and a number of decisions had been taken.

"We have reviewed all aspects of 2016's performance," said Alexander. 

"We have spoken to the players as well as the coach and critically reviewed the season.

"We have decided on a number of actions to make what we believe will be significant changes and will announce those as soon as possible.

"However, I would ask our supporters to have a little more patience and understand that certain conversations need to take place before formal announcements can be made."