Proudfoot has no plans to leave Bok post

Matt Proudfoot (Gallo Images)
Matt Proudfoot (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot says he has no intentions of leaving his role with the national team.

Head coach Allister Coetzee’s job is in jeopardy and it appears that only legal matters regarding his contract are stalling the process.

Coetzee has been linked with a role in Japan at the Canon Eagles club and a newspaper report in Rapport late last year indicated that Proudfoot may join him there.

Coetzee and Proudfoot earlier coached together at the Kobelco Steelers in Japan before joining forces at the Springboks in 2016.

They also worked together while Coetzee was head coach of the Stormers.

However, in an interview with rugby specialist website, Rugby365, Proudfoot denied that he’s been in talks with any Japanese club.

He also stated that he has no plans to leave his post as Springbok assistant coach and that he was committed to going with the team to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The forwards mentor also indicated that his contract is not linked to that of Coetzee’s.

The Boks endured a torrid two years under Coetzee’s guidance, winning only 11 of 25 Tests. It translates to a meagre 44% win record - well below the acceptable 65% barometer a Springbok coach normally adheres to.

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