Rassie rejects Bok job

2011-10-25 08:50

Cape Town - Two of the hot favourites to succeed Peter de Villiers as the new Springbok coach have played down their chances and instead opted to commit their futures to Western Province - for the time being.

Rassie Erasmus will resume his role as the Director of Rugby at Western Province, following his return from the Springbok coaching set-up where he fulfilled the role of technical advisor, a role he was initially expected to fulfil in France four years ago.

“I would have been involved at the 2007 tournament already, but things turned out differently then. I had the chance now and really wanted to help win the cup. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way.

“I am not interested in getting directly involved with the coaching of the Boks, but rather help them on a technical basis once more in 2015,” Erasmus told Tuesday’s Die Burger.

Allister Coetzee, who along with Erasmus; is contracted to Western Province Rugby until the end of next season, also told Die Burger that he also still wants to bring back glory to the Cape in the form of silverware, but according to Tuesday's Cape Times, he did not entirely rule himself out of contention.

"I am contracted until the end of 2012 with WP. I would really like to win silverware with Western Province," Coetzee said.

The Cape Times further suggested that the new post as SARU's new post as director of rugby will be made available to Erasmus, but was denied by the former Springbok flank.

"I don't know about that and what it would entail. We are contracted to WP, and with how we are playing now, we could be fired before then! I don't know anything about that so I am definitely not in the mix there."

However, as the race warms up for the vacant Springbok coaching job, it would be interesting to see if the realisation of an opportunity missed influences their initial decision and persuades either or both of them to have a change of heart.

If that would be the case, Western Province rugby will be in for a major shuffle after news that centre, Jaque Fourie will join up with the Panasonic Wild Knights after they lost players elsewhere for next season including JJ Engelbrecht, Johann Sadie, and Lionel Cronje.

Despite the acquisition of Gerhard van den Heever, not much talk in the way of players has been uttered since and it seems as if former fullback Joe Pietersen is now being courted to make a return to the Cape.

Province released Pietersen of his contract to join French club Bayonne last year and still have Conrad Jantjies and Gio Aplon who can play in that position.

Fourie and fellow Stormers team-mate, Peter Grant are scheduled to return to the Stormers setup once the Japanese season ends in March, provided either of their teams have made the Japanese post-season or not.


  • Lionel - 2011-10-25 08:58

    I am a die hard Province supporter but jees wake up and start by buying decent props and a fetcher then maybe we will start to see some silver ware in the cabinets.Start to think about us fans as well for a change.................

      Brannas - 2011-10-25 09:31

      @Lionel, Don't you think that before they start buying props and fetchers they must actually start to buy some RUGBY players first. Bhahahahaha.

      Lionel - 2011-10-25 09:47

      Maestro, it is very frustrating to say the least and even more like you say that we as outsiders can see where the problem lies,hopefully sanity will prevail and they buy some decent props etc,just hope its not to late.Brannas,nice comment there keep it up!!!!!!!!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-10-25 14:43

      Brannas, net so lank die WP nie die NEGE has-been springbokke van die Bulls koop nie. Hulle kon nie eens die wa deur die drif trek om 'n halfeindstryd te haal nie. Hel 'n Vlou Bul span met NEGE springbokke wat vasval teen die Griekwas? Dit moet een of ander Suid-Afrikaanse rekord wees

      Warren - 2011-10-25 17:41


      Cliff - 2011-10-27 00:00

      Brannas: Jy bly maar n idioot , al is dit een wat jong vrouens met verkragting drieg !!!!

  • John - 2011-10-25 09:08

    Good news for the Boks, Bad news for WP

      Gordon - 2011-10-25 09:18

      At least WP signed Van den Heever, a good move, he should have been in the Bok team two seasons ago, instead of persisiting with Habana.

      John - 2011-10-25 09:25

      I can't believe they let go of Sadie and JJ. Just reiterates the incompetence of Rassie and Coetzee. Glad they won't be coaching the boks. They will probably give Victor, Danie, Smit another 4 years bok Contract and convince them not to retire

      Johan - 2011-10-25 10:16

      Good news for both the Boks and other the S15 and CC teams - lol!

  • Roger - 2011-10-25 09:16

    Do they still play rugby in the cape? Go Sharks!!!!!!!

      Lionel - 2011-10-25 09:27

      how many times have we beaten the Sharks this year,if I am correct its 4 out of 5:):):)

      John - 2011-10-25 09:34

      That's why WP made the final and the SHarks didn't!!... Oh wait

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-10-25 10:12

      @Lionel, the Sharks are in the finals

      Steenbra - 2011-10-25 15:32

      As ling as we dont play juksei en jou dont toutrek

  • John - 2011-10-25 09:30

    We need Graham Henry!!! I will give up 10% of my yearly pay check to help pay this man. Come on SARU.

      Greg - 2011-10-25 09:38

      I would rather have Ewan McKenzie (Reds Coach)

      Jim - 2011-10-26 09:07

      How about Julius Malema.

  • Koos - 2011-10-25 09:44

    Dit is n groot terugslag vir wp rugby

      Lucas - 2011-10-25 09:48

      Who cares about weepee rugby anyway

  • Martin - 2011-10-25 09:54

    Please dont accept the job, because we dont need Province empty trophee cabinet culture for the Boks! Rassie, brilliant move. Keep your "safe" job as rugby director creating the false impression for the We-Peee fans that province is making BIG progress. 3 Years later and you and Allister Coetzee have achieved.... wait for it (drum rolls please)...... NOTHING! No cups in my book = ZERO SUCCESS!

  • leonard.djouba - 2011-10-25 09:59

    Ok , who wants the job ? Nick Malett or Eddie Jones come back please

      Tim - 2011-10-25 17:24

      Yes please! Nick Mallett AND Eddie Jones. The Boks have done a great job with Jake White's legacy of defence, powerful scrumming and conditioning. Hopefully those three principles are here to stay. The Boks now have to learn how to attack, be unpredictable, outsmart defence lines - all the stuff that comes naturally to the likes of Hougaard, De Jongh, Aplon, Basson, Lambie, Mvovo and all. That's how Rugby will be won going forward. If we had some of that in the RWC quarter finals even Bryce Lawrence couldn't have stopped the Boks. Please give us a coaching team that can make it happen.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-25 10:33

    Please do not appoint Alistair Coetzee . Bokke need a coach who knows how to fill the trophy cabinet

  • Frankie - 2011-10-25 12:54

    Dankie tog Allister bly weg van die Bokke af! Jy sal hulle net so vrot maak as die Wp!

  • AcidBlade - 2011-10-25 13:58

    Brainless springbok supporters and management!!

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-26 11:17

    @tipies isak...aanvaar maar gemiddelde vertonings. ou no cups coetzee het die wp span in die grond in geploeg. ek dink jy moet maar jou bokoms gaan eet met n bottel crackling terwyl jy jou vrou slaan. dis maar wat julle doen is dit nie ??? ou rassie het al n cc gewen. wat het no cups coetzee gewen ???.......en daar was stilte. dis seker die rede hoekom helfte van die cape flats die crusaders ondersteun en die AB. julle is n skande vir SA rugby

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