Racial quotas not an issue for Coetzee


Allister Coetzee says the issue of racial quotas within South African rugby is not one that concerns him.

Coetzee was announced as the Springboks' head coach on Tuesday, over four months after predecessor Heyneke Meyer stepped down from the role.

An agreement between the South African Rugby Union and the nation's government decrees that at least half of the squad will consist of non-white players by 2019.

Coetzee, who signed a four-year contract, insists the policy is not a problem for him.

"It's not an issue for me, honestly," he said. "This is South Africa...it's unique and I think that uniqueness must make us stronger. It's an exciting challenge."

Coetzee's first match in charge will come against Ireland at Newlands in June and the country's sports minister Fikile Mbalula wasted little time in piling the pressure on the new coach.

"South Africans are not very loyal," he said to Coetzee at the coach's presentation to the media.

"You can see people are here congratulating you. If you get beaten by the Irish, we are going to start digging up things we never knew about you."