Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has confirm with SA Rugby that all the Springbok coaching staff will be offering there services to the franchises in 2019.
They did the same in 2018 with the Bulls already requested Erasmus to assist newly appointed Bulls coach, Human in the pre-season.
“We started making the national panel available to the franchises a number of years ago and we want to continue to forge closer links between the national coaches and the Super Rugby and PRO14 teams,” Erasmus said.
“All of the coaches worked with one or other of the franchises in the past year to exchange ideas and expertise and hopefully assist the teams in raising the performance bar. Strong performances at franchise level will translate into strong Springbok performances – it’s a win-win.”
Erasmus said the national coaches would in no way be dictating style or tactics or trying to impose a national blueprint on teams.
“We will assist in generic areas such as skills and conditioning, mauling, scrumming and lineouts,” said Erasmus.
“It will also give the national coaches a chance to discuss individual players with the franchise coaches and work on specific areas for specific individuals.
“But it is not our role to have input on selection or gameplan – that can only be determined by the franchise head coach. Bu we do believe this is approach can work for South African rugby in its broadest sense at the start of a very important Rugby World Cup year.”