Top SARU job for Rassie
Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus is set to be named as a high performance manager by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
Die Burger reports that Erasmus could be appointed in his new position as early as Friday.
SARU's executive council gathered in Cape Town on Thursday and according to SARU's communications head, Andy Colquhoun, they're not planning "big announcements".
But even if the announcement isn't made on Friday, Die Burger says it will in all likelihood happen very soon. This thus confirms month-long speculations that Erasmus will be appointed in a top job at SARU.
Erasmus's position will effectively be that of director of rugby under Springbok level, which will include the establishment of coaching structures and playing style.
The position won't conflict with the responsibilities of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer but Erasmus should become involved at Springbok management level and take part in the planning processes.
SARU is yet to make an announcement regarding Meyer's assistants in the Bok camp, but they are likely to consist of: Ricardo Loubscher (backline coach), John McFarland (defence), Louis Koen (kicking), Basil Carzis (fitness and conditioning) and De Jongh Borchardt (media manager).
Erasmus's involvement at SARU could mean that the Stormers' defence coach, Jacques Nienaber, also becomes involved at a later stage. Nienaber and Erasmus have a good understanding and worked together at Free State and Western Province. Nienaber has turned the Stormers into arguably the best defensive side in Super Rugby over the last few seasons.