- Lions coach Swys
de Bruin believes that the Springboks are in good hands
under new coach and Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus.
Erasmus has taken over the reins
from Allister Coetzee, who was ousted at the end of a second disappointing
international season in 2017.
With a Test against Wales and
three against England coming up in June, Erasmus has been at work looking to
implement his turnaround strategy for the national team.
He has assembled his coaching
staff, and last week it was confirmed that De Bruin would be helping out the
Boks as an attacking consultant in June.
Erasmus has also been visiting
the Super Rugby franchises and conducting alignment camps along the way, and De
Bruin has been impressed by what he seen so far.
"What Rassie has started
here is wonderful," he said from Johannesburg on Tuesday ahead of his
side's trip to Australasia.
"He's got a total
relationship with the franchises. There is constant communication - we speak to
them and they speak to us about resting players and not resting players. It's
absolutely a step in the right direction.
"Rassie is a real rugby guy
and he will do well for this country ... I know that."
With the Lions struggling to find
the dominance they had under previous coach Johan Ackermann, De Bruin has his
"100% my focus at this stage
is still on the Lions ... I'm still contracted until next year," he said.
"Rassie will be using me totally
when we have that break in June ... that's when I’ll be involved.
"Obviously we do talk and
communicate, but I just want to assure everyone that my focus is 100% on the
Lions. When I go there, then my focus will be 100% on the Springboks."