Rassie Erasmus joins SARU

2012-04-15 16:21

Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Sunday announced the appointment of former Springbok loose forward Rassie Erasmus into a senior management position at the organisation.

Erasmus has been appointed at SARU to fill the vacant position of General Manager: High Performance Teams. He will also be seconded to the Springboks when they are in camp.

“Rassie is one of the most astute brains in world rugby - his appointment at SARU will ensure we have the best possible leadership at our national teams. He will work with all the national teams, but will be involved with the Springboks while they are in camp,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

“Our aim is to always produce winning teams and Rassie’s main task will be to establish structures to do this. He will be tasked to create a blueprint for South African rugby that can be implemented from junior to senior level, for our men's, women’s and sevens’ teams.”

Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer said he was very happy with Erasmus’ appointment at SARU and that he was looking forward to working with the former Springbok loose forward.

“Rassie’s inputs to the Springboks last year were lauded by everyone I spoke to and his coaching pedigree speaks for itself, considering the vast amount of success he’s had at the Cheetahs and Western Province,” said Meyer.

“I’m excited to have him on board and I know he will add value to rugby in South Africa, which is ultimately what his job will be.”


Roux also announced that SARU has entered into formal negotiations with Bulls forwards coach Johann van Graan, former Springbok fullback and Blue Bulls backline coach Ricardo Loubscher, Bulls defence coach John McFarland and Bulls conditioning coach Basil Carzis.

SARU would also like to secure the services of Cheetahs conditioning coach Niel du Plessis, former Springbok flyhalf and Paarl Gymnasium Director of Sport Louis Koen, former French prop Pieter de Villiers and Ian Schwartz, High Performance Manager of the Blue Bulls.

Furthermore, three members of the Springbok medical team from the last four years, Craig Roberts (team doctor), Vivian Verwant (physiotherapist) and Daliah Hurwitz (masseuse) have been re-appointed.

The rest of the management team will consist of Charles Wessels (Operational Head), Annelee Murray (PR and Admin Manager), JJ Fredericks (Logistics), Albé Visser (Technical Analyst) and De Jongh Borchardt (Communications Manager).

“It’s no secret that the negotiations around the Springbok assistant coaches positions have taken longer than we had hoped, but we want to give Heyneke the team that he sees as the best for doing the job,” said Roux.

“I’m very pleased that the process of securing the services of the right people is now in full swing and we’re confident that negotiations will be concluded soon as the Castle Lager Incoming Tour against England looms large.

“We know the people identified by Heyneke are the best in the business and we’ve worked very hard behind the scenes to secure their services to Springbok rugby. An announcement in this regard will be made very soon.”

Meyer said: “At this stage, I can’t really comment on the process, but I would like to thank SARU for the effort they’ve put in to getting the people I’ve identified to be part of my management.

“I have worked closely with most of the people while others have come very highly regarded and I’m confident the Springboks will benefit from their involvement. We will work well together as a team and will hit the ground running in the short turnaround for the first Test against England,” Meyer said.


  • Nicholas - 2012-04-15 16:56

    Good move ..

  • Keith - 2012-04-15 17:18

    No problems with appointment.Can you please explain to us who's going to be responsible for the systems and playing style of national teams.I'm asking this because with Heynecke's appointment it was said he will be responsible.Now all of a sudden Rassie is appointed.

  • Fanie - 2012-04-15 17:44

    Dis die Blou en goud, skuus tog, groen en goud. Wel, Heyneke Meyer is die regte man en ons glo dat SA Rugby nou tot sy reg sal kom. Bryce, NZ sal jou mis, mag jou pad vorentoe n les wees vir onregverdigheid in rugby, dit is nou in die Ref - woestyn. Sterkte Bokke!

  • teddy.molefe - 2012-04-15 17:53

    Its all good that our coaches have been finally selected on merit.... Most of the nuclear coaching staff obviously coming from da bulls... Now i reali respect the bulls with a formidable base down in pretoria which been nothing but a pillar for Springbok rugby. But does this mean that will see the springboks play a even more forward orientated game of rugby then they traditionally do?...Coz if thats so look at the difference between the springboks and the 3 other nations ranked higher then us.

  • teddy.molefe - 2012-04-15 17:54

    Its all good that our coaches have been finally selected on merit.... Most of the nuclear coaching staff obviously coming from da bulls... Now i reali respect the bulls with a formidable base down in pretoria which been nothing but a pillar for Springbok rugby. But does this mean that will see the springboks play a even more forward orientated game of rugby then they traditionally do?...Coz if thats so look at the difference between the springboks and the 3 other nations ranked higher then us.

  • John - 2012-04-15 17:58

    How will this work ? with jake white and peter div both did not come from a senior couching position and the assistant couches was not from the same province or francise ...? how will the BLUE BULLS /SPRINGBOK MANAGEMENT DEAL WITH favour or being bias etc .....I will not feel comfortable whn i am a couch or player from another province or francise .....Blue bulls can use all information and all other medical etc information to the advantage or disadvantage of other provincial teams ....think about it ...Heyneke could pull this move +victor and fourie returning already Favouring ....???

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-15 18:06

      @John, your comments make NO sense!!! Do you want to be the 'couch'??

      1amAlan - 2012-04-15 18:43

      couch is flats lingo for coach . . .

  • eroos1980 - 2012-04-15 18:17

    John, are you bored?. You are really making the most stupid comments I've ever seen. Just remember to go and sit in your dark little corner when the Bokke lift the Web Ellis again. Idiot!

      Staal - 2012-04-15 18:59

      And we will lift it in 2015.

  • Chris - 2012-04-15 18:58

    Suid-Afrikaanse rugby is terug in die 'hoog skop en storm mode' en daar is geen manier waarop duisendes soos ek SA-rugby verder sal ondersteun nie.

      mario.borchards - 2012-04-15 19:21

      Fully agree with you Chris. I personally do not think HM and his team is going to win anything. National team coaching is in a totally different league than provincial. New Zealand and Aus is going to out-think and out-play us. I hope I eat my words.....

  • mario.borchards - 2012-04-15 19:10

    "Rassie is one of the most astute brains in world rugby" This is very debatable where and how did Rassie prove himself on the world stage?

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-16 08:08

      Axolile I also question his astuteness. Far as I know he wasnt part of White's coaching staff, I may be wrong. But his success at the Cheetahs was limited. They got hammered in super rugby and he won the CC. That doesnt make him one of the best brains when he failed to make an impact @ Super rugby level.

  • Shaun - 2012-04-15 19:15

    SA rugby talent identification starts from school. We have the most awesome schools rugby system in the world. Which schools dominate the top 20? Schools with white Afrikaaners in them. I'm no mathematician but i would guess that logically this would translate into a mainly white Afrikaans Springbok team. If we really want transformation in this country we have to start from the bottom up; U9 rugby with good coaching, not top down by simply picking players because it makes the national team look more balanced. Its interesting how politicians always look at the national side when it comes to transformation. That's 22 players! They never mention the thousands of black rugby players who aren't receiving decent coaching and therefore have no chance of player at the top level. A truly transformed landscape would see parity amongst all races at school level, not national. And why don't the government ever try to solve it this way?? Because it's a lot harder. The national side must only ever be picked on merit (whities don't moan when Bafana are all black...because they want the best the play). So i dare all those politicians who try to look good in the newspapers by blaming the national coach for transformation problems to go do it the hard way; the right way! Oh and voetsek to all you racists out there.

      David - 2012-04-15 19:36

      And imagine how many black players we'd have now if they started properly developing at schoolboy level in the 90's?

      Bootman - 2012-04-15 19:56

      ...........or in the 60's

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-16 11:55

      Shaun so tell me what has happened since unification of the rugby bodies since 1992 and already then colored/black kids were in the school systems.. of course very little in some instances therefore what we sit with is because kids of color never get given the same opportunities.. I know of cases where parents have PAID coaches to select their sons to the school teams!

  • Chris - 2012-04-15 19:51

    This is why we as rugby supporters must pay a "fortune" to watch will need two busses/flights to transport the "supporting" staff of the this "standard"? or is it "ridiculous " ?At least SARU is assiting to improve the unemployment % in SA.

  • John - 2012-04-15 20:33

    thanks to all comments that was positive in the light of truth +facts .Our coloured /blacks did not get the same game time as white players -u so called whites know this .Adi Jacobs dropped because of maruis Joubert@ sharks .Ricky suppose to be no1 @ stormers/springboks to play 2nd Devanhauge ,Ashley is the best /but he is benched .Worldcup if butch james did not come ...elton jantjies was suppose to fill in.Then why is elton not getting the same oppertunity as pat lambie u see now how do we all say its not about colour but there is pupetmasters who is using our players to smoke screen racism in rugby ...did uknow elton did not have the same game time in springbok jersey like pat lambie can we say or proof that pat must be a no 1.This compare scale could go the distance cause nothing changes ...This was the main or core of my comments .Dont u see why ashley is leaving sa cause he is aware hes got no chance now of springbok spot ...Will kolisi now the best thing really be replacing Schalk Burger ...????i dont think so ...he is the best thing and has proven because of game time ...??same work hours gives same experience and confidance and ya have agreat week everybody ...its like u say not about race ...then what is it ???You see its the same the springbok mnagement has licked players behinds -even travelled to overseas to beg and lick for them to come home why was non of our black/or coloured players asses beenn licked or a request to come back home ...?

      steyts - 2012-04-15 21:41

      Because the black players overseas are terrible..

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-16 08:10

      Steyts where does ur comment fit in?

  • Philip - 2012-04-15 21:03

    I think at this stage the main guys might be the best, but I would have thought the time for a few support staff of previously disadvantaged guys might have been a good idea.

  • Vincent - 2012-04-16 08:10

    I am sorry, but as much as I liked Rassie during his time as a player, he has failed dismally at Western Province. I believe one of the reasons why the Bulls are more successful than the Stormers is exactly because of their ability to identify potential/talent/skills, which are further developed once/after such players are recruited by the Bulls. Rassie was employed at WP Rugby in a senior management position, and he overlooked a number of talented and brilliant players from the Western Cape. Francois Hougaardt, originally from the Western Cape, and arguably the best scrumhalf currently in RSA, is a classic example. Was he so poor that Rassie did not bother giving him a chance at WP/Stormers? Hilton Lobberts was a very good player with a lot of promise and potential whilst he was at the Bulls, and we all know what happened when he decided to go back to the Western Cape, where he is originally from. The poor guy probably thinks, in hindsight, that he should have stayed with the Bulls. I would have thought that Rassie them would have at least considered him for the Super 14 last year. Rassie is not suitable for this post, finish and klaar. The guy is overrated for reasons unknown to many of us. This is a big flop for SA Rugby, point.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-16 11:56

      Didnt think I would agree with you raven

  • John - 2012-04-16 08:37

    Vincent the one and only coach or manager of a team who without any doubt should have been given this Job was Paul True ....WE dont give him the credit he deserves ...But yes a king dont get praised in his own country .When the 7s team won the world series 2009/2010 season ..the team was 95% BLACK .why is our black players not playing superrugby like benjamin at cheetahs .If that team of 2009/2010 was white most of them would be playing super rugby and springboks .national team ..TO THINK THAT STAR BLACK CAPTAIN IS NOT CPATAIN ANYMORE AT EP KINGS BECAUSE A WHITE GUY CAME AGAIN FROM OVERSEAS TO TAKE THE POSITIONS ...ITS AGAIN BEING SAID ITS NOT ABOUT RACE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Johan - 2012-04-16 18:27

    I miss the name of the best frontrow forward to help with the coaching "Os du Randt" ??

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