Former Munster Rugby supremo Rassie Erasmus named new Springbok coach

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Former Munster supremo Rassie Erasmus new Springbok coach

Rassie Erasmus has been appointed as the new Springbok head coach

FORMER Munster Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus has been appointed as South Africa’s head coach until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign.

Forty five-year-old Erasmus, who will also continue to work as director of rugby, takes over from Allister Coetzee, who left his post,last month following a falling-out with SA Rugby.

Erasmus, capped 36 times, had a stint as Munster director of rugby before returning to South Africa last November, 

"I'm privileged. It's a huge task to coach the Springboks," Erasmus said.

"I really believe we have the players and the rugby to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at the RWC."

Former Munster defence coach Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick will assist Erasmus, and Aled Walters, who recently left Munster, will join the management team as head of athletic performance.

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said the changes to the Springboks management team were the result of a ‘very detailed review’ of the 2017 season.

South Africa fell from fifth to sixth in the most recent world rankings.