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Swys to assist Boks in June test series

Emirates Lions head coach Swys de Bruin will join the Springbok coaching staff on a consultancy basis for the June Tests, SA Rugby confirmed on Friday.The addition of De Bruin is part of the process to involve coaches from all local franchises with the preparation of the Springboks, an initiative by Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby.

De Bruin will link up with the Springboks in the build-up to their first Test of the year, against Wales in Washington DC on 2 June, as well as for the much-anticipated Castle Lager Incoming Series against England, which kicks off on 9 June in Johannesburg.

“I’ve always said that we must improve our communication and cooperation with the local franchise coaches,” said Erasmus.

“They spend much more time with the players, so better cooperation with them can only be a benefit and should be an obvious thing.

“Swys and some of his colleagues from the Emirates Lions joined us at the second alignment camp, as did members of the DHL Stormers coaching team, while a couple of Vodacom Bulls coaches were there for the first camp.

“It was really great to have them with us for those sessions and they played an active part in the various technical sessions.”

Apart from tapping into the knowledge of expert consultants from time to time, Erasmus indicated that he will ask the local franchise coaches to assist the Boks in specific areas.

“I am delighted that Swys, with the blessing of the Emirates Lions, has agreed to accompany us to Washington and also help out during the England series,” added Erasmus.

The final Springbok alignment camp takes in Durban from 22 to 25 April, with players from the Cell C Sharks as they have a bye that week.

6 Comments

  1. Bekke

    Bekke

    April 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Wow – and less than 2 weeks ago the Lions supporters were screaming that ol’ Swys is a crap coach – that it was actually Ackers and his defence coach who did all the REAL work.
    I guess it is good to bring in franchise coaches for continuity, but surely this will just confuse the players? With Franco out, I thought Rassie made it clear that he is happy with Stok there??? So is he saying now that Stok is actually just a bit of window-dressing again? And yes Bunny, I know Rassie said he wants to use Stok for other stuff (like peripheral vision and game management off the ball), but seems his coaching team is disintegrating before the first game is played (first Franco, then Pieter, who next)!!!!

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    Jacques

    April 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    @Bekke: Yes Stick is not backline coach he is an attacking coach different in all ways.

    Stick was never supposed to be backiline coach with AC as well but the idiot said he will teach him because remember he was teh backiline coach in 2007 WC team, although Eddie did all the work then.

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  3. DavidS

    DavidS

    April 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    @Bekke: Wow – and less than 2 weeks ago the Lions supporters were screaming that ol’ Swys is a crap coach – that it was actually Ackers and his defence coach who did all the REAL work.

    I maintain that this is true.

    As good as the Lions were on Saturday is as kak as the Stormers were.

    Beating the superkak Stormers does not make you a championship team.

    I still maintain it was Ackers’ work.

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    Craven

    April 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    @DavidS:

    “As good as the Lions were on Saturday is as kak as the Stormers were.

    Beating the superkak Stormers does not make you a championship team.”

    Absolutely agree. I reckon once the Lions depart on their tour is when we will see where they really are. Beating this uncoached Stormers team shouldn’t be seen for more than it is.

    Same goes for the Bulls, they disposed of the Stormers, but I think the Sharks this weekend will be much more of a test.

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    bryce_in_oz

    April 13, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Stok is there for window dressing… nothing else despite the buzzwords Rassie used…

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    cab

    April 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    this Rassie is one slim old fox. And I like Swys too. Groot Bok klapper coming up for many.

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