Cape Town - With news that he will take up a new position as director of rugby at Munster in June, Rassie Erasmus has thanked SA Rugby for the opportunity to serve in the position of General Manager of Rugby and says the Springboks will never be far from his heart.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues at SA Rugby, and specifically the CEO, Jurie Roux, for affording me the opportunity to serve in my role for the past four years. It was truly an honour to work in an environment where innovation and pushing the boundaries of acceptable norms was encouraged. I have learnt a great deal from my experiences at SA Rugby and trust that the organisation under its current leadership will achieve great things on and off the field," he said.
Erasmus confirmed he had accepted Munster's offer to become director of rugby for personal reasons and that it was the correct time to move on.
"The decision to accept Munster’s offer was ultimately a personal one, which I made with my family, at what we believe is the right time. Munster is without doubt the best club for me to experience something different as part of personal goals I have set.”
With Allister Coetzee in charge, Erasmus believes the Springboks are entering an exciting new era.
“It was a tough decision to make as I believe I leave SA Rugby at an exciting point. Allister Coetzee was the Rugby Department’s recommendation to take over as Springbok coach it’s a new era for Springbok rugby. The team will never be far from my heart.”