Allister Coetzee was named South Africa’s new rugby coach on Tuesday, four months after the departure of Heyneke Meyer and two months before a three-test series against Ireland.
Coetzee is expected to find a winning formula after the Springbok failed to win five of 11 Tests last year and were beaten by New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup semi-finals.
"Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby‚" said Oregan Hoskins‚ president of SA Rugby.
"It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future‚" he said in a statement.
Coetzee is arguably the most experienced man to be given the Springbok head coach’s job. He will draw on his personal involvement in 66 matches in the Springbok backroom in 2000 and between 2004 and 2007. He also has an exemplary record at Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby record.
Coetzee said he was extremely honoured and humbled to coach the Springboks.
"Status quo for this year remains the same. If i would like to use overseas based players it is been done," said Coetzee.
"This job comes with a huge amount of responsibility because our passionate fans rightfully demand the best from the Springboks at all times.
"Rugby ignites so much passion in our country. The team inspires all our people and every young rugby player in our country aspires to be a Springbok one day. I know full well that coaching the Springboks requires a lot of dedication‚ patience and hard work. I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity."