Rassie set for Springbok role

2012-01-15 12:09

Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus looks set to become the South African Rugby Union's (SARU) new technical advisor which will see him be part of the Springbok coaching staff on a full-time basis.

The Rapport newspaper expects SARU to make this announcement on 27 January when the new Bok coach will also be announced.

This comes after Erasmus last week shocked the rugby fraternity by resigning from his post as senior professional coach of the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU).

Erasmus's resignation at the WPRU is apparently due to differences between him and the union's top management.

Aside from working closely with the new Bok coach, Erasmus will also work with South Africa's national teams at all levels.

Heyneke Meyer (the senior professional coach at the Blue Bulls) and Gert Smal (forwards coach of Ireland) are the two favourites for the position of new Bok coach.

And according to Rapport, Meyer is SARU's preferred candidate. Meyer said he is keen to get the job and has already had talks with the Blue Bulls about the possibility of being released from his contract.

It is believed that the new Bok coaching position will be for a two-year period, unlike the previous tenure of four years. The new coach will also work on a much stricter performance basis and could easily be axed if the team fares poorly.

In further bad news for WP and Stormers fans, it appears as though their defence coach Jacques Nienaber will resign from his position to join Erasmus at SARU.

Springbok Sevens coach, Paul Treu, also looks set to be part of the Springboks' coaching new setup, presumably as backline coach.


  • Francois - 2012-01-15 12:35

    This is ironic that Erasmus and Nienaber will go onto coach the Boks, when at WP they did not achieve much, except off course for a conference cup in the S15 last year and a string of losses in finals and semi finals. However Erasmus did manage to win with the FS a couple of Currie Cups when he did not have the kind of budget WP has. Will this pose a threat to Erasmus if he needs to choose between unlocking the potential of a player or wheter he can just have it as he surely don't need to buy it anymore.

      Rinus - 2012-01-15 12:46

      I agree 100% Francois! Rassie has proven NOTHING in his whole career in the international arena. Same as P-Divvy. He made no impact during the last RWC. Why do SARU continue with guys that clearly do not have the ability? I am convinced WP had the vision to get rid of him....

      Francois - 2012-01-15 18:53

      JacoVintage - it is the first time since the second year of the inaugaration of the Currie Cup that Western Province has the longest absense of winning the Currie Cup as compared to other big teams - WP 11 years, Golden Lions 1, Natal 2, Free State 4 (I think) and Blue Bulle 3 (I think), but you can add 3 onto the Blue Bulls and the Free State just to make sure. WP has not won a Super Trophy. (K - the Stormers = WP + Bolla). Thus when did you watch rugby that showed WP doing better than the Bulls or the Sharks. In rugby, second place is the first looser, not that province was close to any second place this year.

      Jock - 2012-01-16 14:27

      Francois - who would you have as technical advisor for SARU? Rassie is astute - you could see that when he was a player. He is innovative and enjoys structure. Able to work with others - seeks help when he needs it. He doesn't have debilitating ego to sink him. Doesn't want the limelight. Seems right man for the job, if this article is true. WP have been a solid team, even with all their poor administrators.

      grant.tyson1 - 2012-01-17 09:16

      I think we should say Rassie has done very well with the pack he has had (ie. no star front rowers). I think we should have a look at management and head coach of WP before we start blaming Rassie as well. Coetzee has a very 2D view of back line running and only did well when with the boks with Eddie Jones on his shoulder. Nienaber has proven to ne the best defensive coach in SA at the moment, his results speak for themselves. I think a foot in the right direction has been made, it could have been worse, they could have appointed Chester Williams as head coach. Time will tell.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-15 12:44

    Hmmm, I wonder how Smal, tipped to be the next coach, will enjoy having a 'boss' as such. Pity that muppet PDV didn't have one.

      Di - 2012-01-15 13:25

      Why would ANYONE want to coach the Boks? Reads like hell on earth.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-15 13:31

      I agree Di. I don't think there are many who would want it. It makes no sense and the politics will hinder.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-15 17:12

      Deleting comments again N24.

      Francois - 2012-01-15 18:48

      Divvy had Victor, Du Preez and Smit and to some extent Habana. What more can you ask for?

  • msimangamuzi - 2012-01-15 12:48

    Well it looks like Heyneke Meyer will be the bok coach.Finally SARU means business.Meyer will introduce rising stars like sadie,goosen and co in the bok side.Those who have worked with him know he will not tolerate players who are not up to standard he is tough as nails.I do not think people should worry about Meyer implementing a conservative style of rugby.The Bulls will introduce a fast pace running game.Do not expect the senior players to call the shots Meyer likes to controll his team he will bring discipline to the bok side.

      Rinus - 2012-01-15 13:21

      He is a RESPECTED coach. Something that Springboks have not had since White...

  • Rinus - 2012-01-15 13:10

    I smell something fishy - SARU agrees to take Rassie and WPRU must appoint PdV??

  • christo.vanderwesthuizen1 - 2012-01-15 16:34

    poor old Wee Pee!!! Rassie gone! Sadie gone! Engelbrecht gone! Habana longtime gone! Vat hulle Bulle!!!

      Francois Boshoff - 2012-01-16 05:33

      enige tyd, enige plek, enige veld bring die bulleg

  • Soetdoring - 2012-01-15 16:48

    Maybe a bit premature, but lets hope I can soon shout: Viva Heyneke. You got the award you deserved more than 4 years ago. Sorry, but Rassie is a rolling stone who gathers no moss. He inherited at the Cheetahs a team which was largely build up by Peet Kleynhans and his successor Helgard Muller. Rassie did not introduce any new blood to the team, in fact he failed to notice local talent and this was demonstrated by Jake White when he pulled Os du Randt directly back from retirement into the Springbok squad. Yes, with a huge budget at his disposal he managed to lift the Stormers, but he failed to give them that final last bit of sparkle to clinch trophies (something Meyer managed to do). Rassie will be remembered for his often weird player selections. Nackelavuki (spelling?) comes to mind and old aged players like AJ Venter. And then his inability to spot and retain new talent like Sadie. Rassie will not last 4 years with the Boks. He is too much of a loner - with him it is always: It is my way, or nothing. Proof of this was how he got rid of Helgard Muller at the Cheetahs, but after he left, Drotske reincorporated Helgard back into the coaching staff.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-15 17:13

    more Bulls rugby...what a flop...

      Charles - 2012-01-15 22:44

      Well Bulls rugby got them three super rugby trophies...wouldn't call that a flop. How are the other SA teams fairing with their game plans?

  • Jaco - 2012-01-15 17:32

    GO HM

  • Jaco - 2012-01-15 17:34

    HM should have got the job long time ago

  • Neville - 2012-01-15 18:00

    No one is permanent 4 years 4 Rassie and his team then they kick them out

  • jase880 - 2012-01-16 10:57

    I haven't been witness to any work that Meyer has done with Tigers overseas. When he was successful with the Bulls it was very much 10 man rugby...before the law changes. That type of rugby cannot win any more - has he adapted? Any comments or insight into this?

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