Biarritz lead race for Rassie

2012-01-11 11:18

Biarritz - Struggling Top 14 outfit Biarritz are leading the race to sign former Western Province senior professional coach Rassie Erasmus.

According to the Sky Sports website, Biarritz have endured a torrid first half of the season and only a 15-6 victory over Agen on Friday saw them climb out of the relegation places.

Current boss Patrice Lagisquet has already confirmed he will be leaving the Basque giants at the end of the season to take up the position as France's backline coach - and Biarritz are now lining up former Springbok flank Erasmus as his replacement.

Erasmus has confirmed he has a number of exciting opportunities open to him after revealing he would be stepping down as director of coaching at the Stormers.

The 39-year-old has been linked to the vacant head coach position with the Springboks, having worked as South Africa's technical advisor during the Rugby World Cup, while he has also been tipped for a role within England's set up should Nick Mallett take over.

However Biarritz are set to make the first move and are now planning to hold talks with Erasmus.


  • John - 2012-01-11 11:43

    All speculation this chap is the next Spring Bok Coach....not a bad choice to be honest after the last idiot....

      Neille - 2012-01-11 13:25

      @ john : my dead granmother is better than the last #$%^&* idiot !!!

  • abe1wp - 2012-01-11 12:00

    Well done to Erasmus. He is a good rugby man but have messed the Cape's clubstructures around only working with Maties and UCT mainly.

  • Hanno - 2012-01-11 12:02

    The Sky Sports website also says Biaritz is in Cape Town to play against Saracens....

  • Dewald - 2012-01-11 12:37


  • Zaahid - 2012-01-11 12:51

    From a reliable source - Gert Smal as head coach and Paul Treu as backline coach. Still not sure about frowards coach. as for the idiot - he actually has a better record than some of his predecessors (won tri nations in his 1st attempt. won in dunedin, won the b&i lions series and eoy tournament. Now when it comes to him a a speaker/interviews, thats another story!!!!!

      Daniel - 2012-01-11 14:29

      @Zaahid- Also dont forget the "idiot" managed to beat Ireland in Ireland, something that even the great Jake White could never do...! (no-disrespect to Jake White)

      jono99 - 2012-01-11 14:54

      And sorry, which one won the World Cup again?

      Karel - 2012-01-11 21:31

      Don't forget he took over a winning team, which tri-nations, not 2011?

  • Zaahid - 2012-01-11 12:52

    sorry - meant Gert Smal and Paul Treu as coaches for SA

      Daniel - 2012-01-11 14:32

      Having grown up watching Paul Treu go about his ways and even having to chance to personally shadow him and having him mentor me before I would rather enjoy seeing him get a crack at the backs. No scared to think exciting and out of the Boks, but also manages to do so without being reckles

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