Coetzee confirmed as new Springboks coach

Allister Coetzee has been confirmed as South Africa's new head coach, more than four months after Heyneke Meyer stood down from the position.

Former Western Province and Stormers coach Coetzee, who served as an assistant to Jake White when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup in 2007, had been strongly tipped to succeed Meyer.

And his appointment, on a four-year contract, was announced by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Tuesday, the 52-year-old leaving his role with Japanese franchise Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

Former Springbok Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick has been installed as assistant coach along with Johann van Graan, while Ian Schwartz stays on as team manager.

SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins said: "Allister's appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,

"It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

"Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold.

"The Springbok coaching job is an enormous challenge but Allister has the full support of us at SA Rugby and we will be united in our efforts to continue to make Springbok rugby strong.

"I want to wish him well in his new job, I also want to pay tribute to Heyneke and his management team for their dedication and service to Springbok rugby the past four years."

Coetzee's first match in charge will come at a familiar venue, when the Springboks face Ireland at Newlands in June.

Following his spell on South Africa's coaching staff under White, Coetzee moved to Cape Town to take charge of Western Province in 2008 and was also handed control of Super Rugby franchise Stormers in 2010.

Western Province won two Currie Cup titles under Coetzee, while Stormers reached the Super Rugby final in 2010 and finished top of the South African Super Rugby conference on three occasions.