Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is among the favourites to be named the new Eastern Province head coach.
This comes after the deadline for applications for the position closed last Friday.
DE VILLIERS ALSO HAD STINTS AT UWC AND ZIMBABWE
According to Rapport newspaper, De Villiers, Deon Kayser and Jonathan Mokuena are the three leading contenders.
De Villiers coached the Springboks between 2008-2011, following which he had short stints with the University of the Western Cape in the Varsity Shield and Zimbabwe.
Kayser, a former Springbok centre, is currently the manager at the Sharks’ Academy, while Mokuena has struggled to get another coaching position since winning the Varsity Cup with Pukke in 2016.
EPRU president André Rademan confirmed they had received ‘numerous applications’ for the position.
A shortlist will now be drawn up with the new coach to be appointed “soon”.
The successful applicant will oversee the EP Elephants during next year’s SA Cup and Currie Cup campaigns.
The SA Cup kicks off in March 2021 and EP have set their sights on qualification for the Currie Cup Premier Division by finishing among the top 3 teams in the coastal stream of the tournament.
While not everyone’s cup of tea while at the helm of the Springboks, under De Villiers’ leadership the national side won 30 of their 48 matches.
That 62.5% win percentage included a 47% win percentage against the All Blacks, having played them 11 times, winning 5 and losing 6 of those matches.