Rugby

Rassie considering new options

2012-01-10 09:31
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus will consider a number of possible options after resigning as senior professional coach of the Stormers, he said on Tuesday.

"There are a number of new opportunities that have surfaced at a higher level," Erasmus said.

"Each is an exciting and massive new challenge and that is a big attraction to me at this stage of my career."

Erasmus has named in the media as a possible contender for the Springbok head coach post, vacated by Peter de Villiers after his contract came to an end in December.

The SA Rugby Union is expected to name De Villiers's successor by the end of January, which is also when Erasmus will vacate his post, according to the WP Rugby Union (WPRU).

Erasmus's lawyer said he was considering options to coach abroad.

"There are other choices, especially overseas," Frikkie Erasmus said.

Erasmus, a former Springbok flank, said he believed the WPRU had made significant progress in the last few seasons.

"I have enjoyed my time here in the Cape immensely and feel that I have contributed to building the structures that have taken us to the brink of success," he said.

"I have no doubt that success is but a tiny step away now and I leave Province satisfied with the strides made."

The Stormers, under Erasmus, reached the Super Rugby final for the first time in 2010, where they lost 25-17 against the Bulls, and made the semifinals in 2011.

Western Province reached the Currie Cup final for the first time in nine years in 2010.

WP Rugby Managing Director Rob Wagner commenting on Erasmus's decision said, “Rassie has made a huge contribution at WP. We are obviously very sorry to see him go, but understand his desire for new challenges. Rassie has been very good in keeping us informed of his decision and we have been waiting for the return of our senior players and team management before making the announcement. We understand that he is a big loss but we are also confident that the structures, players, coaching and management staff and the plans in place at all levels in the Province, are strong enough to allow us to make that final jump and secure the silverware that we are all working towards.”    
 

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