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Preferred candidate as Springbok coach ratified by General Council

Note to editors: Please use this version. It updates with the inclusion of the name of the Junior Springbok team manager

The new Springbok coach will be named officially at a media conference on 12 April, Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby, confirmed on Friday.

He made the announcement following the ratification of the coach’s appointment by rugby’s General Council – made up of the 14 member unions of SA Rugby. Ratification by the Council is the final step in the constitutional process to appoint a Springbok coach.

Mr Hoskins said that now that the final governance hurdle had been cleared the formal completion of the new coach’s contract and of that of his management team could be completed.

“We are happy to have reached this point and are particularly excited with our final choice,” said Mr Hoskins.“Today’s ratification triggers the final part of the process. We’re looking forward to being able to confirm our choice publicly.”

Mr Hoskins said that logistical planning was well advanced for the Springbok season and that those plans had already been shared with the preferred candidate.

SA Rugby will advise media of the arrangements for the media conference in due course.

SA Rugby also announced the appointment of Peter Jooste as a Springbok selector and of the completion of the Junior Springbok (Under-20) management team. It is:

Head Coach: Dawie Theron

Manager: Trevor Barnes

Assistant coach backline: Nazeem Adams

Defence coach: Joey Mongalo

Analyst: Chris Venter

Doctor: Dr. Jerome Mampane

Physiotherapist: Aneurin Robyn

Conditioning coach: Andre Smit

Media Liaison: Zeena Isaacs

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