Allister Coetzee will remain head coach of the Springboks following a review by the South African Rugby Union.

Coetzee was under pressure to stand down from his role after guiding his national side to their worst-ever calendar year in 2016.

South Africa won four of 12 tests and suffered a first home defeat to Ireland in June before losing 57-15 to the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.The Springboks lost to Italy on the end of season tour.

SA Rugby has made a change to Coetzee's assistants with backs coach Mzwandile Stick dropping out to work with the under20 side, with Cheetahs coach Franco Smith replacing him.

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Former Springbok Brendan Venter is linked to the role of defensive coach although he is contracted to Italy through until 2019.

South Africa's record under Coetzee
Won 4 Lost 8
Points scored 240
Points against 329
Includes defeats to New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, England, Italy and Wales