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Coetzee denies coup claims

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee insists there is no truth in reports of a planned coup involving himself and Jake White aimed at toppling national coach Peter de Villiers.

World Cup-winning coach White on Monday revealed his disgust at the way the national team had capitulated over the last 10 months and revealed that he had made contact with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) over the possibility of replacing De Villiers. White said he was ready to do the job on an interim basis before handing over to his former national assistant Coetzee.

However, Coetzee responded by telling Business Day: "The link made to me and the Bok job is media speculation. There is a Springbok coach at the moment and SARU should decide who they want to take over the job and when, and they have fixed processes to deal with such things."

He added: "At this point my focus is on the Currie Cup and guiding Western Province to success."

Coetzee is the man White had favoured to replace him after he led South Africa to the world title in Paris three years ago.

Instead, De Villiers has come in and enjoyed mixed fortunes, with the high points of his reign so far coming in 2009 when the Springboks beat the British and Irish Lions and also won the Tri-Nations.

But 2010 has been a forgettable year so far - five wins mixed with five defeats, two to Australia and three to New Zealand, as John Smit's team ended the annual competition with the wooden spoon.

De Villiers' woes were capped by the slender 41-39 defeat to the Wallabies in Bloemfontein over the weekend.


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