Heyneke Meyer was head coach of the South Africa national team for the entire World Cup cycle building up to England in 2015. While he did succeed in building a young team, the World Cup was ultimately deemed a failure.
The Springboks were shocked in the opening game after Eddie Jones’ Japan side recorded an historic win.
However, the ‘Boks regrouped and fought their way to the semi-final, where they lost out to eventual champions New Zealand by just two points.They went on to comprehensively beat Argentina in the third place play-off.
With the likes of Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Handre Pollard, Jesse Kriel and Damian De Allende set to lead the side in the coming years, this team is an exciting prospect for any coach.
Meyer left the role after the World Cup, and the Springboks are on the hunt for a head coach to lead them to Japan in 2019.
The SA Rugby Mag has reported that South Africa have narrowed down their list, with Allister Coetzee, Johan Ackermann and John Plumtree the top recommendations.
Coetzee is reported to be the number one target, and is currently with the Kobelco Steelers in Japan. He was a member of the coaching staff in 2007, and coached the Stormers between 2010-2015.
Johan Ackermann, head coach of the Lions, and John Plumtree, current forwards coach at the Hurricanes and former head coach of the Sharks, are also in contention.
The announcement is set to be made in March, but it is clear that the SARU are not going to be rushed in their quest to find the right man for the job.