South Africa rugby coach announcement delayed

South Africa rugby coach announcement delayed

Johannesburg (AFP) - The announcement of the new South Africa coach scheduled for Cape Town Friday has been postponed until April 12, the national rugby union said.

It is the third delay in naming a successor to Heyneke Meyer, who opted not to seek an extension to his contract after a disastrous 2015 season.

Japan-based former provincial scrum-half Allister Coetzee is the media favourite to become the 13th post-isolation coach of the Springboks.

The 52-year-old coach, who joined Kobelco Steelers last year after six seasons with the Western Stormers in Cape Town, would be the second black to hold the position after Peter de Villiers.

While national body SARU did not explain the latest hold-up, media speculated that it could be due to negotiations with Kobelco.

South Africa begin their season during June with Tests against Ireland in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.