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Allister Coetzee leaves role as South Africa coach

South Africa Rugby aims to have his successor in place before the end of this month.

Allister Coetzee has left his position as coach of South Africa.

Coetzee took up the role in April 2016 but the Springboks were beaten by Ireland on home soil in his first game in charge while landmark losses to Argentina and Italy have also occurred during his tenure.

South Africa Rugby aims to have his successor in place before the end of this month.

The Springboks said in a statement: “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 Africa Rugby CEO Jurie Roux added on the governing body’s website: “First and foremost we had to assess what is in the best interests of the Springboks.

“We’d like to thank Allister for his passion and dedication to the Springbok cause and wish him every success in his next role.”

Coetzee 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.”

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