The manner in which Rassie Erasmus goes about his business just forces ones admiration for him to grow day by day.
SA Rugby has announced that experienced Saracens Strength and Conditioning coach, Andy Edwards will be the new fitness guru at the Springboks.
He will head the Athletic Performance of the Springboks from the 1 August.
With Aled Walters returning to the UK after two years with the Boks, Rassie had to find a suitable replacement and he has again hit the right mark with Edwards.
Erasmus believes Edwards will be a good fit for the Springboks.
“Andy will bring with him a wealth of international knowledge from his time of working with a range of top-class coaches and players at Saracens, achieving success in England and in Europe,” said Erasmus.
“He comes highly recommended for what is an important role where you need someone with a proven record and international experience. During his time with Saracens he also worked with many South Africans playing for the club, which will help him to settle into the role.”
Edwards has been in the role off Strength and Conditioning coach with Saracens since 2014.
Edwards is quite excited to work with the Springboks.
“From my discussions with both Rassie and Jacques Nienaber I know that they place a huge emphasis on creating a family environment for the Springboks, and that is something that means a lot to me personally,” said Edwards.
“My family and I will be moving to Cape Town and are really looking forward to meeting everyone involved with the Springboks and experience the incredible, diverse South African culture.
“From a personal point of view, I am very excited about working with a new group of coaches and players. There is a massive challenge ahead over the next few years and I’m looking forward to the journey with the team.”
Abbreviated coaching experience of Andy Edwards:
From 2014: Saracens Head of Strength and Conditioning
2011-2016: England Saxons Strength and Conditioning Coach (consultancy role)
2009-2014: Saracens Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach
2006-2009: Saracens Lead Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach