Springboks

Jurie Roux 'punished', won't pick new Bok coach

Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)
Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux will no longer lead the search for the new Springbok coach.

Roux has come under fire in recent weeks after it was recently reported that he “manipulated” financial management systems to favour the rugby programme during his time at Stellenbosch University.

Last Friday it was also reported that Roux possibly also benefited from bursaries he allocated to players when he was chairperson of the Maties Rugby Club.

According to Rapport, Roux was tasked with submitting the names of suitable candidates for the Springbok coaching job to SARU's general council, but president Oregan Hoskins will now drive the process.

Hoskins, along with SARU’s high performance committee - consisting of Kevin de Klerk (Golden Lions president), James Stoffberg (SARU vice-president), Francois Davids (former president of Boland Rugby) and Pat Kuhn (former Stormers chairman) - will now continue with the process of finding a new Springbok coach.

SARU’s executive council met last Friday to discuss the future of Roux.

A press statement from SARU released on Friday indicated that the meeting was adjourned to be resumed on a date to be determined.

SARU did not state when the meeting will be resumed or whether Roux would continue in his role as CEO.

Former Stormers coach Allister Coetzee was the initial favourite to become the new Springbok coach, and while Coetzee received an SMS from SARU asking if he was available for the job, there has been no formal communication between the parties.

SARU may opt to appoint its head of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, to fulfil the role on a short-term basis the three-Test series against Ireland in June.

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