Saru to headhunt Boks coach, Div on shortlist

2011-11-18 00:00

THE next Springbok rugby coach is to be headhunted by the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Peter de Villiers is already on the shortlist.

The post will not be advertised and Jurie Roux, the CEO of Saru, said a list of “preferred candidates” will be approached in the coming weeks.

The executive council members of Saru met yesterday and decided that they will be responsible for drawing up a shortlist using “identified criteria to fulfil the demanding requirements of the role”.

“This is the most important decision we have to make as Saru and appointing the best man for the job is critical,” said Roux

“The skills and qualities required by a Springbok coach are confined to only a small number of potential candidates.

“Once a shortlist of those available candidates has been identified, the exco has the freedom to call on outside expertise for final selection.

“The appointment will then go for ratification by the general council.”

Roux confirmed that De Villiers, who has been in charge of the Test squad since they won the Rugby World Cup in 2007 until they lost it this year, will be on the shortlist “as the incumbent Springbok coach”.

He said it is planned to confirm an appointment early in the New Year.

The Stormers pair of Rassie Erasmus and Allister Coetzee are among those believed to be in contention, along with Ireland’s forwards coach Gert Smal, who was Jake White’s assistant at the 2007 RWC in France.

Meanwhile, King’s Park in Durban will host the first Test, South Africa and England, in June, while Soweto’s FNB Stadium will be the venue for the Springbok-All Blacks international in the new Rugby Championship.

The venues were confirmed by the executive council in Cape Town yesterday.

The Springboks’ clash with New Zealand, the newly-crowned world champions, will be the final encounter of the Rugby Championship, which will also involve Australia and Argentina.

South Africa also host England on a three-Test series. England arrive in June for what will be the first three-Test tour to South Africa by a single country since New Zealand visited these shores in 1996.

The Tests will be played in Durban, Ellis Park in Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The only major rugby centre missing out on Test rugby next year is Bloemfontein

Home Test schedule next year:

Incoming tours (all on Saturdays)

June 9: Springboks vs England, Durban

June 16: Springboks vs England, Johannesburg

June 23: Springboks vs England , Port Elizabeth

Rugby Championships (all on Saturdays)

August 18: Springboks vs Argentina, Cape Town

September 29: Springboks vs Australia, Pretoria

October 6: Springboks vs New Zealand, Soweto.

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