Allister Coetzee confirmed as new Springboks coach

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Allister Coetzee has been confirmed as South Africa's national rugby team coach.

Coetzee was formally named as Springboks coach on Tuesday following the resignation of Heyneke Meyer last year.

Coetzee's appointment was already widely expected. He was given the job at the beginning of the month, but the South African Rugby Union said it delayed naming Coetzee to give him time to negotiate an end to his contract with Japanese club Kobelco Steelers.

Coetzee has been given a four-year contract to take the Springboks past the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Coetzee was an assistant coach under Jake White when South Africa won the World Cup in 2007. He was then in charge of South African Super Rugby team the Stormers from 2010-15.