Rassie Erasmus is set to leave South Africa to coach abroad after becoming disillusioned with the political infighting between the union presidents….reports Vodacom Rugby
A massive red flag seems set to fly as SA Rugby suffers it’s first victim of the tug of war between SARU president Oregan Hoskins and CEO Jurie Roux.
Zelim Nel of the Cape Argus reports that SARU’s General Manager of High Performance reportedly withdrew from the race to replace outgoing Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer earlier this week, leaving Allister Coetzee as arguably the only plausible candidate for the vacant post.
The Cape Argus has since been reliably informed that Erasmus made the decision after becoming disillusioned with the political infighting between the union presidents, and the tug of war between SARU president Oregan Hoskins and CEO Jurie Roux.
Erasmus is understood to have shortlisted for offers from clubs in Europe and Japan.
Vodacom Rugby can confirm that Erasmus’ disillusionment lies primarily with Hoskins and the way he treats his staff. Should Hoskins not survive the current SARU crisis, a move that appears more likely than ever, Erasmus may well be persuaded to remain in South Africa.
His exit would be a coup for whichever club he joins, and a significant loss to SARU, though this is a point that will take time for rugby administrators to fully appreciate.
Some fans cheered when Erasmus, exasperated by meddling Stormers officials, threw in the towel in 2012.
Between 2008 and 2011, the former Springbok flank revived a Stormers franchise that had sunk to embarrassing depths under Gert Smal and then Kobus van der Merwe.
Having made just two play-off appearances in the previous 11 seasons, the Stormers reached the 2010 final and hosted a semi-final in 2011.
The real value of Erasmus’ tenure is evident in the sustained success that Western Province’s junior teams have enjoyed in the years since he cleaned out his desk. The senior ranks are annually reinforced by a host of junior players that graduate from age groups rugby.
Erasmus installed similar systems at SARU, including innovative evaluation tools that track the progress of every professional player in the country, along with those age group players who have been recruited into a national database.
At a time when South Africa is exporting players at unprecedented levels, there has never been a greater need for the expertise of a high performance manager. Especially one with a proven track record of identifying and developing young talent, and one who has given South Africas coaching structure some credibility and a sense of sustainability.