Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Rassie Erasmus' plans for the Springboks

BREAKING NEWS Erasmus to lead new Springboks management team BREAKING NEWS Erasmus to lead new Springboks management team
Patty Aguilar | 02 March, 2018, 08:26

In the last two seasons, the dual former World Cup winners won only 11 of 25 Tests under Coetzee and twice conceded 57 points against greatest rivals New Zealand.

Erasmus, who played 36 tests for the Springboks from 1997-2001 and captained his country in one test, replaced Allister Coetzee, who left as head coach last month halfway through his contract following a dismal two years.

More importantly, will Erasmus later in his tenure relax in terms of his management style and be more open to input from someone like Mzwandile Stick, who returns as an assistant coach and is clearly being groomed for a bigger future role?

The Boks, two-time World Cup winners, have slipped to number six in the global rankings, but Erasmus does not believe that is a reflection of their potential.

Rassie Erasmus has finally been confirmed as the new head coach of the Springboks, taking over from Allister Coetzee who had a disappointing tenure in charge of the national side.

Former Springboks skipper and loose forward Corne Krige was equally lavish in his praise of the coach who quit as Munster director of rugby late past year and returned home. Another former Munster colleague - Aled Walters - has been brought in as Head of Athletic Performance.

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"The Springbok team is our flagship brand and the on-field performances have a direct impact on the business of SA Rugby", said SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux.

Newly appointed coach Rassie Erasmus says South Africa have the players to contest for the World Cup in Japan next year but adds they will have to buy into his methods fast to be successful. "We are looking to see improved performances this season".

"I really believe we have the players and the rugby IP [intellectual property] to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at next year's Rugby World Cup".

On the domestic scene he represented Free State and the Cats in Super Rugby before engineering the Cheetahs' first Currie Cup success in 29 years when he beat the Blue Bulls at Loftus as a player/coach.

Erasmus' first assignment will be a friendly in Washington on June 2 against Wales, before three home Tests against England on successive Saturdays thereafter.

He was high-performance manager at SA Rugby before joining Munster as director of rugby in mid-2016.

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