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Rugby World Cup – Rassie last test as head coach

Rassie Erasmus (Head Coach) of South Africa during the South Africa training session. At the training Venue: Arcs Urayasu Park .Tuesday, 29 October 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

Rassie Erasmus will have his last test as head coach with the Springboks on Saturday when they face England in the World Cup Final.

It has been a great 2019 with the Springboks only loosing one test in the 11 test matches so far this season.
“Getting to this stage is not enough for this team,” said Erasmus.

Rassie has taken a Springbok side from being 7 or 8 in the World loosing to Italy to a side that are playing in the World Cup Final but this will be his last test match.

“It is probably my last Test – it is my last test match that I will be the head coach,” he told media on Thursday after naming his side for Saturday’s final.

“For me, it’s an emotional one in the sense that I didn’t think 25 Test matches would go that quickly.

“When I went to Munster, I was sort of in the mode of doing the family thing and making sure that I saw my children in the last four or five years before they get out of school.

“The moment you get hands-on with the Springboks again, the adrenaline starts pumping again … it is a totally different feeling, and I am enjoying it thoroughly now.

“It’s wonderful to be here. It’s sad that it’s only three days, and then it is all over.

“But I will be heavily involved, hopefully, still after this – whatever way we are going to go with the head coach.

“Me being involved again gives me such hope for what rugby can do for South Africa.

“I was one of those guys three years ago who said ‘Let’s just play, boys, let’s just play. Stop talking about this hope thing, because everybody is talking about. Rugby is rugby, and let’s just play’.

“But I’ve totally changed my mind. I believe if we play the right way, and with the passion, and the people can see it, it just helps people forget about their problems, and agree with things.

“I have enjoyed it thoroughly, and whatever happens on Saturday, we have to make sure we use this for the next four, five, six, seven years and that it doesn’t get lost again.”