Top SARU job for Rassie

2012-03-30 08:25

Cape Town - Rassie Erasmus is set to be named as a high performance manager by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

Die Burger reports that Erasmus could be appointed in his new position as early as Friday.

SARU's executive council gathered in Cape Town on Thursday and according to SARU's communications head, Andy Colquhoun, they're not planning "big announcements".

But even if the announcement isn't made on Friday, Die Burger says it will in all likelihood happen very soon. This thus confirms month-long speculations that Erasmus will be appointed in a top job at SARU.

Erasmus's position will effectively be that of director of rugby under Springbok level, which will include the establishment of coaching structures and playing style.

The position won't conflict with the responsibilities of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer but Erasmus should become involved at Springbok management level and take part in the planning processes.

SARU is yet to make an announcement regarding Meyer's assistants in the Bok camp, but they are likely to consist of: Ricardo Loubscher (backline coach), John McFarland (defence), Louis Koen (kicking), Basil Carzis (fitness and conditioning) and De Jongh Borchardt (media manager).

Erasmus's involvement at SARU could mean that the Stormers' defence coach, Jacques Nienaber, also becomes involved at a later stage. Nienaber and Erasmus have a good understanding and worked together at Free State and Western Province. Nienaber has turned the Stormers into arguably the best defensive side in Super Rugby over the last few seasons.


  • Buzzy - 2012-03-30 01:03

    "this thus confirms month-long speculations" really? FFS!!!!

      Francois - 2012-03-30 06:43

      Hopefully he can repeat his performances with the Free State and not his lack of performance at Western Province / the Stormers. Sure Heyneke is the coach, but there was no high performance coming from the Cape since he was appointed there....Oops and now we are going to get stuff like conference cup in so many semi finals and finals - the fact is no knock out competition won under his tenure and the WC is a knockout competition. Or Rassie must openly say that Allister is the problem!

      Harry - 2012-03-30 08:51

      No coach at the Stormers will lift the S15 buddy - at best the watered down Currie Cup ( soon to be the named the Vodacom Cup - Premiere League)

      Manus - 2012-03-30 09:52

      Lack of performance at WP, Francois?! The Stormers have actually finished far better in Super Rugby since Rassie has been there. There is simply too many hidden agendas at the Stormers, too many people who don't give a hoot for performance, as long as they can manipulate things and line their pockets. During the course of the past 3 years I've been in the company of a few people that carry some weight in WP rugby circles, listening to their conversations and, believe me, you don't want them behind your back as a coach. If you want to judge Rassie, listen to what knowledgable people like Nick Mallet and Victor Matfield are saying about him.

      Schaun - 2012-03-30 19:57

      manus , no wait actually rassie the right candidate for that position,... he shows good performance with everything he manage...look at stormers, since he is there they have played better.... all the cup losses was covered up well by great performance throughout the year....( my thought really, just he will stuff it up even more than he stuffed weee peee rugby cup cupboard and get it right to overshadow it with great performance throughout the year, )

  • Ivan - 2012-03-30 07:12

    Francois There is to much politics in wp,they dont want to spend money on players,we are lucky we still have Fleckkie there,a white has no say there.If the peopel knows what is going on behind the screen they will not be behind wp i left 3 years ago do the same my vriend,The money wp has go to the guys running the show there is to much peopel working for wp boetie susie oom antie piettie sanie vriend vriendin en so aan en this is all peopel of colour wp will not win a cup again.Rassie could not say n anything

      Marius - 2012-03-30 09:51

      @Ivan, I agree with you 100%. The worst is still to come for WP. What is happening in management at WP is exactly the same thing that destroyed EP rugby completely 15 years ago. The more than 80 township clubs have all the voting power to make the decisions at management level through sheer numbers, while at the same time they contribute absolutely nothing financially to the union, but are rather a continious drain on the union's funds. Ironically EP also had the same coach at the time that WP and the Stormers have now, so that definitely doesn't bode well for WP's future.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-30 11:00

      @ Ivan, lucky to have Fleckie you say.. backline play has been crap for as long as fleckie has been there.. Crap selections in the backline so really open your eyes.

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-30 14:11

      @ken- voor jy jou naam verder gat maak KYK eers ten minste met wie en van wie jy praat- FB. Ivan is 'n kleurling (van di kaap)?? en hy vat sy eie mense vas in sy stelling. SO ek neem sy woord in ag want dis ni bevooroordeeld ni. Jy en jo tipe mens, is di rede hoekom hierdi land sy !@#$%^& sien....

  • grenville.felton - 2012-03-30 07:31

    NOW NOW NOW ! SARU pick the best coaches and assistance. RICARDO WHO backline coach played curry cup was not that good , now Bok Backline, Suppose SARU needs colour once again thought we picked on merit. Rassie good choice.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-30 08:03

      Gren, Richardo played for the Boks and has been actively involved as backline coach for the Bulls vodacom cup side for the past five years or so if I'm not mistaken in which time he has accumulated some accolades. He has worked under both Ludeke and Meyer for and extended time including backline coach for Tukkies under Meyer which saw them reaching the VC final last year and as a matter of fact this year. So not a complete nobody and surely a merit selection. If meyer has faith in him who are we not to?

  • Brandewijn - 2012-03-30 12:04

    Heyneke and Rassie and I read somewhere Mallet is prepared to help as consultant (like rassie was to PDIV in the world cup) to Heyneke if Heyneke asks him. Heyneke & Rassie & Mallet.... that like my dream management team. Now just to see whether the assistant coaches will be any good.... Has the look of a proper management team, now with the correct players (lets hope)... things can only get better. I also do not think we should be to harsh on them this coming tri nations (new coach, new structures, new players and only 1 week to prepare.) I recon by the end of year tour things will start getting better.

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