Rassie considering new options

2012-01-10 09:31

Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus will consider a number of possible options after resigning as senior professional coach of the Stormers, he said on Tuesday.

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

"Each is an exciting and massive new challenge and that is a big attraction to me at this stage of my career."

Erasmus has named in the media as a possible contender for the Springbok head coach post, vacated by Peter de Villiers after his contract came to an end in December.

The SA Rugby Union is expected to name De Villiers's successor by the end of January, which is also when Erasmus will vacate his post, according to the WP Rugby Union (WPRU).

Erasmus's lawyer said he was considering options to coach abroad.

"There are other choices, especially overseas," Frikkie Erasmus said.

Erasmus, a former Springbok flank, said he believed the WPRU had made significant progress in the last few seasons.

"I have enjoyed my time here in the Cape immensely and feel that I have contributed to building the structures that have taken us to the brink of success," he said.

"I have no doubt that success is but a tiny step away now and I leave Province satisfied with the strides made."

The Stormers, under Erasmus, reached the Super Rugby final for the first time in 2010, where they lost 25-17 against the Bulls, and made the semifinals in 2011.

Western Province reached the Currie Cup final for the first time in nine years in 2010.

WP Rugby Managing Director Rob Wagner commenting on Erasmus's decision said, “Rassie has made a huge contribution at WP. We are obviously very sorry to see him go, but understand his desire for new challenges. Rassie has been very good in keeping us informed of his decision and we have been waiting for the return of our senior players and team management before making the announcement. We understand that he is a big loss but we are also confident that the structures, players, coaching and management staff and the plans in place at all levels in the Province, are strong enough to allow us to make that final jump and secure the silverware that we are all working towards.”    


  • Wimpie - 2012-01-10 10:02

    was that your only goal????? how bout some silverware as a goal. No-one cares about who came second. The best we have done was win our confed cup....whoopeee !!!! no currie cup no super rugby cup...but your work is done?????

      aintruda - 2012-01-10 10:07

      absolutely agree with you, work is not done unti it is done. Zilch has been achieved at province.

      Harry - 2012-01-10 11:28

      No coach in the world will be able to coach the Stormers to some silverware. Rassie made a big contribution, but with the current players, the Stormers will never win the Super15, the best chance for this lot is the "now watered down" Currie Cup - we hope to get to the playoffs before the BOKS are back, our only chance .....

      Kosie - 2012-01-10 12:09

      He probably saw that it was a lost cause.

  • Greg - 2012-01-10 10:06

    So long and farewell. Thank you for your knowledge shared with WP.

  • Lionel - 2012-01-10 10:18

    I don't know why but I feel there is more to this than the reasons Rassie has given for leaving!!!!

      Nico - 2012-01-10 10:49

      I agree Lionel, I think province is now where the Lions were for a long time, incompetent management. Fortunetely the Lions were able to turn it around and are top of the world right now :)

      Daniel - 2012-01-10 11:42

      @Nico- I wonder who disliked your post? Perhaps Rob Wagner :-P

      marcel.malherbe - 2012-01-10 12:27

      Lionel .. There is more! And its got to do with politics and political appointments from WP boardroom level! Its a real shambles!!

      Paul - 2012-01-10 15:46

      @ Lionel ... First clever comment I've read from you ... you normally so stupid !!!

      Nico - 2012-01-10 18:20

      @Lionel, lol, i see there is 7 dislikes now, maybe the wp top management? hahahaha

      Lionel - 2012-01-11 07:17

      Wow Paul,Thanks for the compliment,dipstick!!!

  • linceley.koopman - 2012-01-10 10:23

    Well if I had idiot bosses like WP bosses I would also leave. They let go of all the good talent, refuse to play Saracens at Cape Town Stadium and now Rassie is leaving instead of Habana.

      Dewald - 2012-01-10 10:31

      I wonder who was responcible for getting Habana?

  • andrebotes1982 - 2012-01-10 10:31

    Isnt it funny that Rassie is the only high profile coach thats left his position just before the new springbok coach is named?

      Wimpie - 2012-01-10 13:58

      suspicious to say the we want him as the bok coach??? Certainly better option than "snorre"...LOL

  • Abie - 2012-01-10 10:36

    New Springbok coach????

      Adrian - 2012-01-10 17:09

      Italian coach?

  • Bootman - 2012-01-10 12:00

    I really hope Rassie is leaving via the balcony of one of the upper private suites. He came to WP with loads of promises, achieved nothing, got a promotion, again achieved nothing and is now making out like it was "job well done" Farewell Mr Racistmus. All you were good for was blowing hot air in broken english.

      Wimpie - 2012-01-10 13:59

      @Bootman...Ek stem saam...maar hoekom moet rasisties raak???

  • Daniel - 2012-01-10 12:08

    BOKS coaching setup should be: Head coach: Stanley Raubenheimer Backs: Chester Williams Forwards: Jerome Paarwater Technical Coach: Ashwin Willemse Defence coach: Thinus Linee Springbok Captain: Bolla Conradie Haha just messing, now most of these guys well so no harm...

      Daniel - 2012-01-10 12:09

      *know most of these guys I mean, soz (not "now")

  • marcel.malherbe - 2012-01-10 12:29

    the real reason why he is leaving is coz of political administrators in the WP boardroom .. They all a bunch of tossers and racists! They keep going over his head and making political appointments WP will see a revolt now: staff and players will leave

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-01-10 12:42

    "The SA Rugby Union is expected to name De Villiers's successor by the end of January, which is also when Erasmus will vacate his post, according to the WP Rugby Union (WPRU)" Must we read more in this??

      Johan - 2012-01-10 16:58

      Yes, AC is not leaving, so Rassie wont be getting his job!

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  • Daniel - 2012-01-10 14:07

    My frustration as a WP fan actually got to me today... I ended up emailing WP Rugby saying how shocking they come across and if they have any answers for the fans on certain questions... Will see if they reply. SICK AND TIRED

  • Eugene - 2012-01-10 15:18

    I say Rassie, enjoy life... see what options will work best. Thanks for the Experience and time you put into WP. We wish you all the best, Hopefully you'll keep the talent and skills local -> Head Coach *cough.cough*.. Keep Well

  • Colin - 2012-01-10 15:37

    Hulle sal die stands leeg speel!!!! And, then WP will move to Cape Town Stadium(aka Greenpoint), where the ghosts of a once proud, successful union will look on, dispassionately!! Good night and good luck....

  • Andre Botes - 2012-01-10 15:37

    I honestly think that Rassie could make a success as a Springbok coach if appointed. I feel that any of the top unions coaches can make a success as a springbok coach. I just feel that if you have the right people around you and with all the talent that we have its very possible. Jake white was also not the strongest coach but let's be honest he had great staff. Allistair and Gert small as well as eddie jones and sports scientists like tim noakes helped the springbok cause. What I am trying to say is maybe none of the coaches are bad maybe it takes more than being a good coach to be successful. Maybe if if PDV had better support and assistent coaches there would have been a big difference. Let's support our country and SA rugby and give whomever the new coach is a fair chance. Who knows if it is rassie and he puts a great coaching staff together we can be where we were. Let's be patriotic supporters like NZ when graham Henry was appointed after a dismal 2007 WC and clive woodward after a dismal 1999 campaign. We are south africans so let us stick together. Go bokke!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-10 16:01

      @Andre Ek stem 100% saam met jou my maat.....!!!

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-10 16:47

      Dankie Daan. Dis goed om te sien ons staan saam.

      Redge - 2012-01-10 19:39

      Baie waar andre

  • Chris - 2012-01-10 19:09

    At last! Good riddance!

  • farawaysaint - 2012-01-10 20:17

    Forget Rassie as Italian coach.Appointment already made.Frenchman.

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