South Africa coach Allister Coetzee has been sacked after a tumultuous two years in charge of the Springboks, South African Rugby announced on Friday.
His departure came just days after the leaking of an explosive letter in which Coetzee accused South African Rugby of setting him up to fail, thus fuelling the speculation that Rassie Erasmus is poised to replace him.
BREAKING: SA Rugby had reached an agreement with Allister Coetzee to part ways with immediate effect. The Rugby Department of SA Rugby will manage the responsibilities of the Bok coach until the coaching and management group for 2018 is confirmed later this month.— South African Rugby (@Springboks) February 2, 2018
A statement from South Africa reads: "The Rugby Department of SA Rugby will manage the responsibilities of the Bok coach until the coaching and management group for 2018 is confirmed later this month."
Despite the scathing nature Coetzee's previous letter which was leaked to the media, his parting statement expressed good wishes for the future of South African rugby.
He said: "I have always held Springbok rugby dear to my heart and will continue to do so and for that reason I think now is the time the team and me strike out in new directions. I wish Springbok rugby every success in the future – as I have always done."
Coetzee's letter alleged that he had been effectively demoted from his position, and claimed that Munster's former director of Rugby is essentially in charge.
A new coach will be named later this month and is expected to be Erasmus, who was recently appointed as SA Rugby's director of rugby after leaving Munster in December.
My final plea. All parties. Put your pride away. Sit around the table like sensible rugby men and talk rugby. Ask Allister what he would have done differently. Learn from it. He is a good man and a good coach. All everybody wants is the Boks to be dominant again. Good luck— Brendan Venter (@BrendanVenter) February 2, 2018