According to Hendrik Cronje from Rapport, Rassie Erasmus is busy making a u-turn back to South African rugby.
According to the Sunday Newspaper Erasmus may even be in his new position as Director of Rugby as early as June this year. They reported that negotiations between Erasmus, SARU and his current club Munster are at an advance stage and they claim that it is just a question of when rather than if.
Erasmus, if indeed returning to SA Rugby, will take up a position of Director of Rugby, a bit different from the position he held previously as General Manager of the Rugby Department.
Erasmus new position will include looked after Sevens, U20’sand SA Schools and all these teams coaches will reported to Erasmus. The Springboks were previously on a law onto themselves reporting directly to Hoskins. Hoskins never bought into it that the Springbok coach should fall under Erasmus because he would have lost power over the Springboks and Springbok coach. He wanted the Springbok coaches to report to him directly.
This was one of the biggest reasons why Erasmus left in the first place.
Erasmus resigned last year about this time to take up the position as Director of Rugby at Munster after a fallout with then SARU President Orengan Hoskins. It is widely reported that Erasmus wanted the Springboks to be coached by the then Mobi Unit so that Coetzee could have been phased into the roll as Springbok coach.
Hoskins did not buy into the the vision of Erasmus nor did he agree to Erasmus plan to assist Coetzee when he was appointed Springbok coach.
Erasmus will have full control over the Springboks, Junior Springboks, Sevens Springboks and South African School sides if he is to be returning to South Africa. Erasmus will add great value to South African Rugby getting things back on track like players contracts, appointment of the national coaches in the junior teams and getting the High Performance Unit back up and running which he started when he joined SA Rugby.
Erasmus return may also bring back the defense guru Jacques Nienaber and scrum guru Pieter De Villiers to add some more value to the Springboks and SA Rugby national teams.