The authority of Springbok head coach Peter de Villiers could be further undermined this week after it was confirmed that the South African Rugby Union council will discuss the possibility of creating a director of rugby position during a meeting this Friday.
World Cup-winning coach Jake White has already made it clear that he would be interested in any such role, with SARU president Oregan Hoskins confirming that the issue will definitely be discussed prior to the Boks’ final Tri Nations clash with Australia in Johannesburg.
"It’s on the agenda," Hoskins told the Die Burger newspaper. "But is does not mean we will make anyone an offer.”
As well as White, former Western Province coach Alan Zondagh is also known to be interested in the position, should it be created.
De Villiers has only been in charge of the World Champions since January of this year but the former Springbok U-21 coach is facing increasing pressure following three successive Tri Nations defeats.