South Africa have confirmed the sacking of their head coach Allister Coetzee with immediate effect.
Coetzee took charge of Springboks in 2016 and managed to guide them to just 11 wins from the 25 Tests. The 54-year-old, who was contracted until the 2019 World Cup now becomes the first South Africa coach post 2003 World Cup to be dismissed while under contract.
Even though, South Africa managed wins against Italy and France during their European tour last year, the 3-38 defeat to Ireland in the first game of the tour pretty much sealed the fate of Coetzee. In September, the Springboks suffered another massive backlash against New Zealand losing their Rugby Championship encounter 0-57, even though they showed a lot of character against the same opposition later that month when they were edged out 24-25.
A statement released by South Africa Rugby confirmed that they have reached an agreement to part ways with Coetzee with immediate effect.
South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus will take temporary charge of the team until the new coach is appointed.
“First and foremost we had to assess what is in the best interests of the Springboks‚” said Jurie Roux‚ CEO of SA Rugby.
“We’d like to thank Allister for his passion and dedication to the Springbok cause and wish him every success in his next role.”
Coetzee said, “I have always held Springbok rugby dear to my heart and will continue to do so and for that reason I think now is the time the team and me strike out in new directions. I wish Springbok rugby every success in the future – as I have always done.”