Coetzee: Life after Rassie

2012-01-12 11:40

Cape Town - While admitting that they will miss the technical expertise of Rassie Erasmus, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they must "get on with it and focus on their Super Rugby campaign".

Sport24 reported on Monday that Erasmus resigned as senior professional coach at the Western Province Rugby Union.

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

However, according to the website, there is reason to believe that there were other reasons for Erasmus's sudden departure. After clashing with amateur administrators one too many times, he decided that enough was enough and quit his post.

Erasmus is widely regarded as one of the best minds in the game and to lose all that technical knowledge and savvy could prove costly to the union.

Coetzee, who's currently in Hermanus on a training camp with the team, tried to suggest that it will be business as usual when the Super Rugby tournament starts next month. He did, however, admit they will miss Erasmus.

"We are a very settled group of players and I believe that this training camp has been very successful," said Coetzee.

"We want to focus on the Super Rugby campaign, we have to get on with it.

"Rassie’s a good friend, and as a colleague he will be missed. I’m sure that any union would miss a coach of his calibre. Having said that, we have a job to do."


  • Van - 2012-01-12 12:00

    Ek lees so vinnig. Amper gelyk soos "Life after Rose". Enige iets is 'n higher level as die Stormers.

  • Blouballas - 2012-01-12 12:01

    Before Rassie, during Rassie, after Rassie, still no cups.

      Saffa - 2012-01-12 14:44

      Before winning the Super 14, whilst winning the Super 14, after winning the Super 14, still no class.......

  • Piet - 2012-01-12 12:19

    How do you hide something from WP/Stormers? ............... Put it in the Currie Cup!!!

      Jean-Louis - 2012-01-12 13:04

      Kind of funny considering we won the currie cup the most out of all the teams...

      Piet - 2012-01-12 13:34

      don't live in the past boet. Win a Super Rugby title then you can maybe talk with the big dogs, until then go pee like a puppy

  • Andre - 2012-01-12 13:09

    You can not say WP won the most curru cups as in the old days only 3 or 4 teams existed.The quoestion is: who won the most currie cups since the existence of all modern day teams,in other words,since Northern Transvaal(blue bulls)existed,being 1938-Everybody knows that answer,not so?

      Jan - 2012-01-12 13:48

      Since 1938 WP won the Cup 17 times. N.Tvl/Bulls 23 times. WP en NTvl het 2 keer gedeel en dis ingesluit.

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-12 13:54

      ..moenie van die cheetahs vergeet nie.

      Dewald - 2012-01-12 14:02

      Super Rugby Bulle 3 WP 0

      Jan - 2012-01-12 14:04

      Cheetahs het 4 keer die Beker gewen. Eenkeer gedeel met die Bulls

      Jan - 2012-01-12 14:12

      Cheetahs 4 keer met 1 gedeel (ingesluit)

  • Johan - 2012-01-12 18:38

    "Erasmus is widely regarded as one of the best minds in the game" en wie is die "widely" nogal?G'n wonder die skrywe gee nie sy naam nie - seker maar ou Rob H

      Johan - 2012-01-12 18:46

      Jammer Rob H, sien in ander artikel dat ons sentimente tov rassie deel, nie geweet nie.

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