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Venter to remain in Bok backroom

Brendan Venter, the erstwhile Springbok defensive consultant, is set to remain with the team for the end-of-year tour despite also having contractual obligations to Italy. Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Brendan Venter will reportedly remain as Springbok defensive consultant until after their end-of-year tour of Europe.

Venter has been working as part of Allister Coetzee's coaching group in a consultancy capacity since earlier this year, and according to sport24.co.za will see out the year with the Boks.

When the 17-times capped Springbok centre was added to the team's coaching staff there was an expectation he'd only do so until the just-concluded Rugby Championship before continuing his contractual obligations to the Italian national team -- who he famously helped to beat the Springboks in 2016.

However, that's not set to be the case anymore.

South Africa will play four Tests against Ireland, France, Italy and Wales in November and December. The Italian Rugby Federation previously stated that they expected Venter to work with the Azzurri during the November internationals, however the 47-year-old will instead remain with Boks ... except not for the 25 November fixture between the two nations.

Venter will instead abstain from the Test between the two nations but the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) say that his decision will not impact on his role with the Azzurri and that he will continue to deliver consultancy for them.

''As you are aware, Brendan isn't a full-time coach for FIR and will keep acting as a consultant for us as per agreement, as he did in the previous season,'' Italian media officer Andrea Cimbrico reportedly wrote about Venter's future with Italy.