Allister Coetzee will stay on as the Springbok coach after receiving support from the executive council of SA Rugby when they announced the coaching and management structure for eight national teams today.
Former Springbok Franco Smith was confirmed as a new member of the Springbok coaching team, replacing Mzwandile Stick as the backline coach. A new defensive coach will be confirmed once contractual details are finalised.
“Our coaching review was focused on the Springboks and we identified two areas to give Coetzee additional support at the head of our most prized national asset,” said SA Rugby president Mark Alexander.
He said Smith would continue as head coach of the Cheetahs in Vodacom Super Rugby but would otherwise be fully engaged on Springbok duty.
“Last year was an incredibly tough one for the Springboks and all of the rugby community suffered,” said Alexander.
“We weighed many factors in the review process but we believe that these changes will strengthen the Springbok management hand.
“The new alignment at both a coaching and conditioning level with the franchises will also provide critical support to the national team.”
Meanwhile, Johan Ackermann will continue as coach of the SA A team for the French Barbarians’ two match-tour in June.
Chean Roux, who won the Varsity Cup three times as coach of Maties, has been appointed as head coach of the Junior Springboks team. He will be assisted by Stick, who will take up the role as backline coach.
The appointments for the national squads are:
Head coach: Allister Coetzee; assistant coaches: Johann van Graan, Matthew Proudfoot, Franco Smith; team manager: Ian Schwartz; conditioning coach: Warren Adams; team doctors: Jerome Mampane, Konrad von Hagen; physiotherapists: Vivian Verwant, Tanu Pillay; defence coach: tbc.
Head coach: Neil Powell; manager: Ashley Evert; doctor: Leigh Gordon; physiotherapist: Hugh Everson; conditioning: Allan Temple-Jones.
Head coach: Johan Ackermann; assistants: Abe Davids, Chumani Booi; manager: Willem Oliphant.
Junior Springboks (U20)
Head coach: Chean Roux; assistant: Mzwandile Stick; doctor: Jerome Mampane; physiotherapist: Karabo Morokane.
Head coach: Paul Delport; manager: Marius Schoeman.
Springbok women’s sevens
Head coach: Renfred Dazel; physiotherapist: Reagan Cele; conditioning: Johno Meintjies.
Head coach: Lance Sendin; assistant: Ruan Bezuidenhout; manager: Relton Hermanus; doctor: Gerhard Coetzer; physiotherapist: Kim Naidoo; conditioning: Andre Smith.
SA Schools A
Head coach: Sean Erasmus; assistant: Mzwakhe Nkosi; manager: Ofentse Moeng; doctor: Gerhard Coetzer; physiotherapist: Wernick Smit; conditioning: Ghafoer Luckan.