Proudfoot joins Springboks staff

Matt Proudfoot has been appointed as assistant to head coach Allister Coetzee, South Africa Rugby has confirmed.

Proudfoot has signed a four-year deal to work under Coetzee – who was confirmed as Heyneke Meyer's successor last month – after being released from his role as an assistant at Kobe Steelers.

The first assignment for Coetzee and Proudfoot comes in the form of a three-Test series with Ireland, starting in Cape Town on June 11.

"The Springboks are at the beginning of a new era under the coaching guidance of Allister and I am very excited and very grateful for this opportunity," said Proudfoot, who has also worked at Stormers and Western Province.

"It is a huge honour to part of the Springbok coaching staff and I am looking forward this challenge.

"I am very grateful to the Kobe Steelers for allowing me to join the Springboks. I enjoyed my time with them immensely and I want to wish them all of the best for the future."

"I know Matt very well from our coaching stints together in Cape Town and Japan and has a lot of respect for his ability to build a powerful pack and his rugby philosophy," added Coetzee.

"I am confident that he will add a lot of value to our management staff and the coaches are looking forward to working with him."