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08 Jan 2008 17:53
The new coach of the World Cup-winning Springboks is expected to be named on Wednesday.
The technical committee appointed to interview the four short-listed candidates for the vacant South Africa rugby coaching position wrapped up their task of finding a successor to Jake White on Tuesday.
The two candidates who appeared before the South African Rugby Football Union (Saru) committee on Tuesday, chaired by Saru deputy president Mike Stofile, were recent South Africa assistant coach Allister Coetzee and former Super 12 Cats coach Chester Williams.
Coetzee served as White’s backline coach for four years, up until the World Cup win in France in October, while Williams is a former World Cup-winning winger from 1995.
He’s also handled the South African Sevens team and has been involved in coaching stints at Currie Cup level.
The favourite for the job, which became vacant after White’s contract had run its course at the end of 2007, Heyneke Meyer—a former Bulls Super 14 coach—and SA under-21 coach Peter De Villiers were interviewed for the job on Monday.
The committee will now select their chosen man, who will be submitted to Saru’s president’s council on Wednesday for approval. The new coach is expected to be named by the end of the day on Wednesday.—AFP
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