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SA Rugby to offer 5-year contract to Rassie?

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Rumours that SA Rugby will offer Rassie Erasmus the Springbok coaching job are growing stronger by the day, reports Sprot24

Recent media reports indicated that Allister Coetzee may be sacked as Springbok coach, with reports late last week linking Erasmus as a possible successor.

According to Erasmus’ management team, there have been no talks with SA Rugby regarding a possible move back to South Africa, with his lawyer, Frikkie Erasmus, telling Rugby365 at the weekend: “He is very happy in Ireland and he doesn’t have the interference there that happens here in South Africa. He has a long stint to go on what is a very good contract.”

Erasmus is currently the director of rugby at Irish club Munster.

But it appears SA Rugby is busy formulating a plan to lure him back.

According to Netwerk24, SA Rugby’s executive council met on Monday to discuss the issue, with the Afrikaans website reporting that SA Rugby is willing to offer Erasmus a five-year contract.

Reports over the weekend indicated that Munster would also not stand in Erasmus’ way should he wish to return to South Africa.

However, whether Erasmus wants the Springbok coaching job is another question, considering the fact that he left South Africa last year after serving as head of SA Rugby’s mobi-unit.

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander last week said a decision regarding the Springbok head coaching position will be made at the end of January.

“We’re not sure which way we’re going, whether we’re keeping Allister or not,” Alexander told City Press newspaper.

“We still have presentations to go through but no formal decision has been made on whether we’re going forward with him or not.

“At the end of January we’ll make an announcement on whether we’re keeping him.”

The Springboks endure a torrid 2016 under Coetzee’s tutelage, losing eight out of 12 Tests. It included a first ever loss to Ireland on home soil, losing away to Argentina, a 57-15 pummelling at home against the All Blacks, as well as going down to lowly Italy – also for the first time ever.

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  1. Rassie would be good but a good nz or aussie coach with attacking intent would be better. New ideas are needed. Has Rassie not just started at Munster? He can’t do that.

    Also, this concept of 5y contracts is crap unless they have a performance clause. No SA coach should lose more than 50% of games in any season.

  2. Haha this is ‘Cabs’ ‘RSA are one of the best unions in the world… lol… they are behind Scotland even…

    Rassie high-tailed it out of a failing WPRU and the SARU with all his intellectual property and stalwarts like Nienaber… and made an instant impact at Munster signing on to ‘real’ contracts… what a joke this article is… SARU cannot even fund an AC sacking yet they are going to bring him (Rassie ) back (with his entourage) at top dollar… and expect him to carry the likes of Stick… hehe… turn it up…

  3. I think Rassie a v good coach but there’s an air of entitlement – another win who is possibly too controlling and who gonna complain about all sorts of shit if the Boks don’t perform.

    I say get a foreign coach in there who understands that if he don’t perform he is out and get a dude who is up for the challenge and not going to make all sorts of crap excuses. Sommer gets the job done and produces a dangerous Bok backline and pack.

  4. I don’t know why an HM emocon showed up after my comment but it was not intended because he has a grumpy face

  5. If I were Rassie I would stay so far away from the joke that is SARU.

    Why give up a brilliant opportunity at Munster where results are your only consideration, to come back to this stuff up of a setup where every man and his dog wants to interfere into how you pick your teams, coach them and the playing style they employ?

    For me it is a no-brainer.

  6. Rassie must be enjoying being surrounded by professionals at Munster for a change. Mallett says Coetzee will be lucky to keep his job but would Rassie really want to ditch his Irish contract? Also, it might be difficult to dislodge Alistair given the reported R4m earned in a year when the Boks only won 33% of their games – who was the brightspark that signed the coach’s contract that excluded a performance clause? It has been said before – it is not just the players performance causing the losses- the buffoons at the top need to be cleared out too.

  7. I see timeslive have been reporting that Toetie will get the June series against France to show improvement. This after Fikile intervened on his behalf at SARU.

    What a shit fest, if this is true, that’s it I’m out.

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