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Stars aligning for Erasmus return to Springbok rugby


So the major news coming out of the weekend beside from wins for New Zealand, Springboks, British&Irish Lions and a lost for the Aussies against Scotland, was that it seems that Rassie Erasmus is still on SARU radar to take the position of Director of Couching.

According to the Sunday Times should Erasmus agree he will run the show at all levels at SARU concerning coaching a position he had as an administrator before he joined Munster. This time around Erasmus would be a hands-on, on-field director of rugby, who would develop playing patterns.

This will make him the highest ranked coach in SA Rugby which means Allister Coetzee will report to him directly.

According to the Sunday Times‘ source, finding someone to take control of the national team from Coetzee has become a priority as SA Rugby needs to restore confidence in the Bok brand after a nightmare 2016 season.


We do need someone to drive a process that standardises basic skills and we also need a clearly defined path for our players,’ said SA Rugby president Mark Alexander.

Most supporters and rugby administrators believe that Erasmus will add great value to South African rugby.

SARU and Coetzee have already make some decisions in the right direction with Brendan Venter and Franco Smith involvement in the Springbok coaching setup.


According to the Irish Independent, Erasmus has already triggered the six-months’ notice clause in his contract that will allow him return to South Africa, while it’s expected that right-hand man Jacques Nienaber would also make the move back to the Boks, writes CRAIG LEWIS for SARugbyMag

The most important aspect for teh Springboks now is to close the gab between the likes of New Zealand, England and Ireland.


Erasmus is one of the innovating coaches out there today and and his experience will add to improve Springbok rugby in a whole. Allister Coetzee can not stand alone in this process and that is why assistance from Venter and Smith has been so noticeable this year.

In today game Erasmus is one of those coaches that have excepted and implemented technology into the game and many of the current processes in SARU was done by Erasmus and his then Mobi Unit.

Erasmus have also shown his worth at Muster since he joined the club with Nienaber and we should expect if Erasmus return to South African rugby that Nienaber will follow.


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  1. So what is the point carrying Coetzee if this is rumoured to be a hands-on position?

  2. @Jacques:

    I read on that other site… he would be ‘hands-on’ and Nienaber would play a big role… hence AC would be carried yet again like when EJ had to come in and sort the backline in 2007.

  3. Yoh – is this a bit naughty by rassie leaving Munster?

    I’m pretty glad if he heads up SA rugby, genuine worldclass coach. Only weakness maybe is when he micromanages (as with the disco ligfhts on cheater stadium). The best coaches prepare the team but also encourage them to play what’s in front of them on the day and to have a go. Boks need a coach with all-out confidence to have a go, aka jones and Michell.

  4. “Rassie Erasmus is still on SARU radar to take the position of Director of Couching.”

    Hope he gets involved in coaching also – the are too many people on featherlined couches already

  5. Hi Cab

    Yeah – still in France. You still in UK? Going well. Became a dad another time about a year ago. Working at another company now. Got confirmation that I passed the exam to become a development coach in France yesterday. So that is pretty cool. Got to do another 20 hours to be a certified seniors coach. I also got appointed as forwards coach of a club not far from where I live for the next season. Will also be playing – might be the last year though.

    How are you doing?


  6. Congrats Methos – 2 juniors now. Impressive that you still playing. Reckon that coaching is quite good fun If you can stomach all the courses. But It’s rugby so it’s probably quite interesting.

    Looks like Bokke turned corner, thankfully. Couldn’t take much more.

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