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Rassie can keep his job

Rassie Erasmus is announced as Springbok coach during the South African rugby press conference at SuperSport Studios in Randburg, Johannesburg on 01 March 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Look I have daily problems with my job and every now and then thinking why do I do this but I can honestly say I rather take all that my job can throw at me and more before I want Rassie Erasmus job.

The poor guy has not even selected his first side yet and he are already on the backfoot.

In one weekend Erasmus has lost one of the best performing players in this years Super Rugby through injury in Lood De Jager.

On the list of maybes or definitely out we have Whiteley, Etzebeth, Jaco Kriel, Marx and Lambie.

The there is uncertainty about fitness an availability of Malherbe, Ross Cronje, Bismarck, Vermeulen, Frans Steyn, Serfontein and Willie Le Roux.

Maybe these players are not part of Erasmus plans but we can expect that he will want more experience in his team to face England than pure new blood.

The last few months I starting to see that people are not too worried that we do not have a certain captain yet, which is a huge worry for me.

Whiteley plays the most important part in this rebuild of 18 months we have before we go to Japan.

To bring a Vermeulen into the frame from France just to gel the players as a captain will not work in my view.

Kolisi is so out of form at the moment that he made Tiger Woods comeback two years ago look great.

Pollard is not certain of his position yet and to make him the captain of the Springboks is a risk.

Neither the Sharks or Lions captain now is good enough which makes Whiteley being ready for England as one of the most important milestones for Erasmus.

It is an close book on what Erasmus plans are on how many overseas players will be part of his group.

Also sounds are being made how good Kriel (for the Bulls) and De Allende (for the Stormers) have been in the midfield.

The first question for me is are they actually good enough at international level?

Secondly will they be better under Erasmus as what they were under Coetzee the past two seasons?

Stats in Super Rugby can only take you so far…the player need to be good enough at international level and able to evolve and that is question on De Allende and Kriel I can not answer.

We have serious problems at nine and it would be interesting to see if Faf comes back into the frame or will Erasmus go with the current options in SA.

There are so many questions that we want to be answered and will only see when Erasmus name his group.

And as they say in the Dragon Den….” For that reason I will not want invest ” well for now that is…


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  1. With etsebeth, Marx and serfontein in same Bok team, I don’t think any England team will win. If all 3 out, this series is wide open and Rassie job becomes v difficult.

    Personally I don’t think LdJ or Strauss are the right picks for England. I’d then go with Ruan Botha and AvdM/Bismarck.

  2. I hope Rassie is in it for the money because n sane person will want this job.


    Personally I don’t think…

    This is your mistake

    You think… or rather you think you can think…

    Rather leave thinking to people who can….

  3. @cab:

    Aside from the fact that all those three are injured… Jamie Joseph is another version of Marx but with better throwing… England has loads of grunt and athleticism even with Lawes and a few others out… so to do they have plenty of world class centres.


    Not to mention the guy is doing two jobs… he is only really the caretaker coach whilst also being the D.O.R.

    But Jacques… injuries are something every coach has to deal with… one thing he has up his sleeve is that he can choose whomever he wants and their are plenty firing overseas (something AC could not… mind you he didn’t even give even the qualified OS players the time of day.

  4. His toughest part (injuries aside) is formulating combinations… whether they be the T5, the front row, the balance of the back row loosies… the 9/10 axis to the 12/13 combo and the completeness of a real back three (for a change).

    Not to mention ridding all of those players of the plenty of bad habits many have in their games and impressing upon the good… from breakdowns to exit kicking.

    There is also the dilemma of the Welsh game in the US a week before the series (which should never have been given test status and could have been used as a much-needed ‘real’ Bok A side).

    And of course I have not mentioned the elephant in the room… a handicap no top tier sporting coach from another country has to even consider in his tenure.

  5. Kind of smacks of 2004 all over again… another quick-smart rebuild needed with no games to spare and yet again sitting at 6th in the world… only difference the rest of the Northern Hemisphere teams are on a total different level to what they were back then.

  6. All of the above aside… I am liking this tough-nuts musings… something that was woefully lacking the last two years for the Boks and quite a few for most RSA SR sides…

    Boks will boast a ‘dogs of war’ defence

    Handré Pollard lines up a tackleBoks will boast a ‘dogs of war’ defence
    Published on May 15, 2018 | Leave a response
    The Springboks can be expected to have a new vigour for the physicality of the game under the guidance of coach Rassie Erasmus, writes OMAR MOUNEIMNE.

    You can use as many cliches as necessary to describe the undeniable charm that is the effect of a world-class bone-crunching defence in rugby. Across all sport, defence is considered to be the measure of a team’s desire to dominate their opposition and uphold the honour of their team.

    Teams with aura will have the type of defence that haunts attack. The type that gets attack coaches sitting up straight at night begging the question: ‘How the heck do we break these guys down?’ I call this a ‘dogs of war’ defence. This type of defence sucks the enthusiasm out of would-be ball-carriers, leaving players almost nervous to run at you. This type of defence gets the hearts of the fans swelling up with pride because they see what being on that pitch means to the team.

    Let’s face it, attack is the chocolate of the game, everybody wants the ball in their hands. Defence is the vegetable side of the game, but only the elite know the benefit. Elite teams and players in tournaments around the world such as Saracens, Crusaders, Ireland, England and the All Blacks all have savage defences when at the height of their powers. They don’t tire at the challenge of burying opponents time after time behind the gainline.

    Most players’ real currency is physicality and system smarts. A lot of players have speed and a good step, or an eye for a gap, but behind the scenes, the big conversations on recruitment revolve around the question: ‘Is he physical? What’s his defence like?’ A player who scores tries, but doesn’t enjoy defence, normally won’t sustain himself in top-flight rugby.

    I often ask a cross-section of professional rugby players when I first meet them if they consider themselves to be cold-killers on defence. If the answer is no, I ask them to give me a rating of their defence, with one being completely inept and 10 being the perfect defensive assassin.

    Most – because it’s tough to back up defence week after week – admit to being around the six mark, which says ‘I can defend, I am pretty physical at times, but I need a lot of work to be an eight, never mind a 10’.

    Every player’s defence can be stepped up and turned around to a degree, though. What does it take to create these tackling machines who guard the doors of a team’s rugby honour, who do whatever it takes week in and week out to hold teams out no matter what?

    Firstly, defence – like attack– has a skills component. The skills component that people generally overlook and don’t enjoy in training is tackling. Working key skills such as tackling, footwork, vision and reaction drills help you build a defence with a strong foundation. Also, creating a ruthless defence with a sickening work rate takes a strong culture, hours of system knowledge, a brutal conditioning regime, and a very focused defence coach.

    This June, the Boks will have a distinctive step-up in defence. I believe that under Rassie, you will see a new vigour for the physicality of the game. Defence organisation and collisions will stand out, as well as the work at the breakdown. You will see a ‘dogs of war’ defence.

    I have previously worked very closely with Rassie for almost three years. His planning and obsession with detail are incredible. He will leave no stone unturned in improving each individual in the squads he chooses, which will lead to an increase in total team performance. I have also worked with Jacques Nienaber, and his passion for and detail for defence will be evident through the player’s commitment in game one.

    Players swear by certainty, and detest fear and doubt. Rassie’s regime will always create absolute clarity in roles and responsibility. He will create a new pride in the players’ training and game performances. He is process driven, but actually follows up the processes so the cracks are not covered, but are rather repaired.

    When the going gets tough, the tough get tackling, and the rest, as they say, will be history.

    *Mouneimne is currently the defence and kicking strategy coach at the Worcester Warriors. He has previously coached with Italy, the Stormers, the Kings, the Sharks, Edinburgh, Lyon and Stade Français. Follow him @omarsedefence”””

  7. Bunny –
    You should’nt cry for Argentina ala Eva Peron…..
    Nor should you be crying for that clever coyote named Rassie Erasmus.
    Because he has THE most coveted coaching job in rugby union.
    It’s COMPLETELY unaccountable. He could do a John Mitchell-USA type pogrom ( remember USA lost to LMAO Brazil under Mitchell-& he was never drug tested after) & still go ANYWHERE in the world getting top $.
    How’s that?
    Because he can’t select his squad. Not only that…..due to the color by numbers way kid’s learn how to paint – he has to pick an actual national rugby team- unlike ANY other sport or country in the world – like ever- except for maybe 1930s era Germany.
    ANYTHING he does will be considered a success under such duress & so to those that come after him.
    The LAST thing SA has to worry about in the future is nobody wanting to coach them. Its 100% upside resume enhancer.