Rassie shocks WP by quitting

2012-01-09 22:00

Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus has shocked the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) by resigning from his position as director of coaching.

Erasmus's lawyer, Frikkie Erasmus, confirmed the news to Die Burger newspaper on Monday.

"Rassie is looking at other options. There are other choices, especially overseas," said Frikkie Erasmus.

Rassie Erasmus has already informed the Stormers' management team of his decision to quit.

He was last year mentioned as a possible candidate to become the next Springbok coach after he assisted them as a technical adviser at the World Cup in New Zealand. However, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) will only comment on the new Bok coaching team on January 27.

Heyneke Meyer and Gert Smal are apparently the two strongest candidates for the Springbok head coaching position.

Die Burger further understands that clubs in England and France are after Erasmus's services.

He started his tenure at the WPRU in late 2007. He then coached the Stormers to fifth position in the 2008 Super 14, just missing out on a semi-final spot. But he struggled to handle the constant media pressure and was appointed in his current role as director of coaching with Allister Coetzee taking over the coaching reigns.


  • Anton - 2012-01-09 22:15

    New Cheetahs coach? New Springbok coach? New Italian coach? What would Rassie have up his sleeve?

      Sedick - 2012-01-09 23:09

      Who cares. Good riddance. He let the best players go and brought his buddies here for a retirement. AJ Venter, Fondse as a prime example - better players left. He turned Province rugby into boring Kick AND Hope.......Maybe he became depressed because he could you use his flags on the roof......

      Alfie - 2012-01-10 08:05

      Nou gaan die bollie spat! Rassie gaan Engeland se hulpafrigter word met Nick Mallett as hoofafrigter. Ons speel die Engelse 4 keer hierdie jaar! Ons beter regte Bok afrigter kry, want Rassie en Mallett gaan Engelse rugby wereld kampioene maak!

      morne.deklerk - 2012-01-10 08:46

      Thanks for nothing Rassie!! Please dont leave..rather F#$% it's faster!!!!

      John - 2012-01-10 09:55

      Rassie is a huge loss! People forget the state of WP rugby before Rassie was appointed. He has done wonders in the junior ranks and the performance centre is world class. The Stormers and WP have become contenders since his arrival. He obviously has an offer on the table and in fairness to the union now is the time to resign. It may even be an offer from SARU. It nauseates me to read what some uninformed idiots have to say here. God help our country!

  • Peter - 2012-01-09 22:24


      Blip - 2012-01-09 22:27

      It's called "professionalism".

      kviviers - 2012-01-10 08:45

      So if someone offers you a better job with higher income you would decline because you are loyal?

      David - 2012-01-10 09:27

      at blip...professionalism is coming into a position and leaving after making a positive impact, not selling off all the young talent and buying the old guys who used to be good then losing Fourie off to Japan after selling the youth...then deciding lets jump ship before it sinks.... respect for Rassie is now zero.

  • johang.maritz - 2012-01-09 22:28

    Nou behoort WP/Stormers rugby weer reg te kom. Wat het hy al bereik. Is net windgat en mors geld. Ek wonder of hulle hom nie gevra het om te gaan nie. Gewoonlik as iemand bedank se hy waar hy gaan?

      aljo.ludick - 2012-01-10 08:56

      As ek mag vra, hoe goed het die met die WP rugby gegaan voor Rassie daar was?

  • coenie.koch - 2012-01-09 22:40

    Beste wat met Province kon gebeur!!!

      Van - 2012-01-10 03:54

      Jammer, maar ek moet saamstem.

      B - 2012-01-10 07:31

      Nou nog net van Coetzee ontslae raak en ons is amper daar!

      Soetdoring - 2012-01-10 08:00

      Watch it! Nou gaan Snor by Rassie oorneem. From bad to worse.

  • Paul Ramncwana - 2012-01-09 22:53

    He sold our players and left!! No coach or player is bigger than WP.

  • Herman - 2012-01-09 23:21

    Province.......jou lekker ding.......

  • Lonne - 2012-01-10 02:34

    This is no big loss for Province. This guy is in any case so overated it is not even funny.

  • - 2012-01-10 04:22

    As ek kyk na die WP se span vir die jaar sou ek ook liewer waai. Schalk kan nie die game alleen wen nie. Ek is al vir meer as 20 jaar 'n WP ondersteuner maar het nie veel hoop vir die jaar nie. Hoop maar die Sharks vat die beker as troosprys.

  • aruan999 - 2012-01-10 05:03

    totsiens aan 'n ruwe diamant. Mag daar vir hom 'n groot gaping oopgaan.

  • Facts - 2012-01-10 05:19

    Rassie is seker op pad na die Bulle toe, siende dat hy al die goeie jong spelers aan hulle verkoop het. Is AC dalk volgende?

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-10 06:50

      @Facts Daar is nie plek vir hom by die Bulle nie my maat. Net manne met potentiaal is welkom in Pretoria :-)

      Etienne - 2012-01-10 07:51

      Kom ons hoop so. Dan kan Hyneke afrigter word.

  • Dave - 2012-01-10 06:32

    Ek is verbaas oor die oorwegend negatiewe reaksie van lesers, Ek glo nie Rassie kan spelers "verkoop" nie Die spelers het almal agente wat namens hulle met ander unies onderhandel. Spelers gaan weg agv beter aanbiedinge of beter geleenthede. Blykbaar is die WP Rugbyunie nie n "Happy Family" om in te wees nie

      Neville - 2012-01-10 07:52

      Jy is reg Dave nie n happy family boring franchise vergelyk met die shark wat so na aan hulle ondersteuners is , WP ondersteuners word soos kinders behandel

      Riaan - 2012-01-10 08:08

      Maar Rassie kon 'n teen aanbod onderhandel

      hendri.schoeman - 2012-01-10 08:23

      Jip, mens oor dit al hoe meer dat dit nie 'n 'happy family' is nie. Tim Whitehead het dit in 'n onderhoud laat verlede jaar sommer direk gesĂȘ. Die besigheid vrot van bo af. Raak ontslae van Tobie Titus en dinge sal drasties verander

  • adrian.bruwer - 2012-01-10 06:39

    Good riddance - take Allister Coetzee with you. And Brian Habana. And Jean de Villiers. And Joe Petersen (Rugby is meant for Manne, not Midgets). We're sick of the humiliation and sick of loosing young talent like JJ Engelbrecht, Johan Sadie and Tim Whitehead. Now we have to watch other teams shine with our players. This year is going to be an even bigger circus than last year. We'll score even less tries and injure all our key players half way through the season. WP Management is in shambles - they don't know what you're doing.

      David - 2012-01-10 09:32

      Reckon Joe will be the highest try scorer next to his fellow "midget" Aplon... Being a rugby supporter is for people who have a clue, you look like a couch supporter who probably cant even spin pass to the right.

  • sam.kaitawa - 2012-01-10 06:42

    But wasn't he supposed to be your saviour regarding the last World Cup? Wasn't he supposed to coach/direct under the clown's new tactics......obviousely it didn't work out that flash, flash in the pan Are you guys sure that POD or Brycie didn't pay him to go.........nah can't be, maybe he didn't quite cut the mustard? The plot thickens

  • Tc - 2012-01-10 07:03

    Rassie, gan werk oorsee! Die land verdien jou nie.

  • ilze.wakefield - 2012-01-10 07:08

    We at Province are glad to see his backside. Rassie was bad for transformation, never understood the concept, could not get to grips with the spirit of it and acted like a kid. Threw his toys out of the cot when confronted with burning issues. good riddence. Rest in peace. time to bugger up some other rugby franchise.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-10 08:11

      Now you talking nonsense. If you really know what was happening in the inner circles of WP management you would have not made these statements. Rather tell the people that the old rumble in Newlands;'s passages started last year already and if you know anything you would have known that the next year something mayor happens(Rassie). Than they take a temporarily dip.( some year in the past that lasted long) Eventually the public shout and than WP rugby comes right for a while. Unfortunately this process repeat it self from the begin, but the last few decades it gets worst. all that knows WP and more of its inner politics knows this. I even develop a name for it through the years. I call it "Papsak Babalas"

  • Steven - 2012-01-10 07:16

    Internal fighting between officials over leadership of WP rugby and the greed of money thats the reason WP rugby is in a mess. No one is bothered about how they perform it is rather a political fight over power. WP will never be a power in rugby while these so called officials are in charge. They are not there for the game. Rassie is not to blame!!

      Lionel - 2012-01-10 07:33

      You hit the nail on the head mate!!!!!!!!!

      thinus.rautenbach - 2012-01-10 08:57

      hoor hoor...!!!

      john.a.swart - 2012-01-10 09:03

      I have to agree Steven. Making Rassie the"Fall Guy" for the all woes of WP Rugby over the past few years is ridiculous. The rot always start at the top and filters down! Rassie remains one of the best Boks ever and as coach has always willing to be innovative even if some of his ideas were not as successfull as he had hoped. That's what sets him apart! To those critics of him please ask the players or even read Victor Matfield's recent biograhy in which he laudes the positive contribution made by Rassie to the World Cup Squad. Please give the man credit - he is not perfect and doesn't purport to be but he has only been a cog in the wheel at WP and cannot be held solely responsible for all the management issues at WP! Also, did it ever occur to anyone that he may have made this decision in order to coach where he is allowed more leeway to express his coaching abilities?

  • ilze.wakefield - 2012-01-10 07:16

    Great stuff. I hope you never return. Time to sit on your roof at home, lights and all, watching your kiddies play in the garden.

  • Brannas - 2012-01-10 07:23

    Rassie finally saw the light and realized that the WeePee is a waste of time with a losing culture and nobody can do anything about it.

      Van - 2012-01-10 07:37


  • Jay - 2012-01-10 07:36

    Rassie Erasmus has SHOCKED the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) by resigning from his position as director of coaching. Surely you mean PLEASED?

  • Jay - 2012-01-10 07:38

    Rassie first bankrupted the Free State, and then he created the most expensive retirement club in the world. His legacy includes Fondse, AJ Venter, Bryan Hasbeena...

  • Lionel - 2012-01-10 07:39

    I wish that some guys at the top of WP rugby would do the honourable thing and duck eg.Tobie Titus!!!

  • Ockie - 2012-01-10 07:44

    Met respek mense ... dit is nie asof hy die WP rugby kom opfoeter het nie. Die WP het al 'n paar maer jare gehad voordat hy Kaap toe gekom het en is hy juis soontoe gelok omdat hy so goed by die Vrystaat gevaar het. Kom ons kyk wat gebeur ... ek glo nie dat hy sommer sal bedank as daar nie iets beter op die tafel is nie.

  • William - 2012-01-10 07:47

    And he leaves without winning a Major Trophy, the man is a wannabe!!!!

  • Arthur - 2012-01-10 07:56

    Good Luck in whatever you elect to do are a great guy with a WONDERFUL reputation and can only grow from here No matter what you tried to do at W P, you would have ultimately failed...the old joke about them selling their trophy cabinet because they have no use for it would be funny, if it weren't so true

  • Johan - 2012-01-10 08:08

    Money talks........ Hulle sal van di WP spelers ook moet laat gaan as hulle iewers wil kom in di Super 15! Go LIONS!!!!

  • joe.sokolic - 2012-01-10 08:22

    Good riddance. Rassie is very overrated. Under his 'leadership' we have lost a lot of our good young talent, and have always flattered to decieve. I also hope this doesn't mean he is in the mix for the Boks.

  • Niel - 2012-01-10 08:57

    PDV for stormers coach. hahahaha. Now thats stirring.

  • Daniel - 2012-01-10 09:09

    Jus ek support al WP vir 16jaar van dat ek klein outjie was...maar laaste paar jaar sien ek mooi hoe WP net mooi F*K*L omgee vir hulle fans...Mnr'e Wagner en Titus dink mos hulle die vet-p##lle en kan ons soo kinder hanteur.... G@TVOL!

  • Pete - 2012-01-10 09:35

    he cannot handle the pressure.he like to work in the back ground.i cannot see him as the neext springbok coach.

  • Rory Litchfield - 2012-01-10 09:59

    Next bok coach hopefully

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