1 Mar 2016

Former SA captain pulls out of coaching race

9:02 am on 1 March 2016

Former South Africa rugby captain Rassie Erasmus has reportedly withdrawn from the race to take over the vacant Springboks head coaching position.

Rassie Erasmus, Rugby Consultant of South Africa.

Rassie Erasmus, Rugby Consultant of South Africa. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Erasmus, who currently heads the South African Rugby Union's high performance unit, was one of the favourites to take over the coaching role after Heyneke Meyer's resignation following last year's Rugby World Cup.

But according to Netwerk24, Erasmus informed SA Rugby's executive committee that he is not interested in the position.

With Erasmus ruling himself out of contention, former Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee appears the favourite for the job.

Coetzee, currently coaching the Kobelco Steelers in Japan, was confirmed to still be in the running when SARU president Oregan Hoskins sent an email to members of the committee, instructing them to add Coetzee's name to the list of candidates.

Meyer's successor is expected to be named in April.