Former Munster Rugby coach leaves South Africa backroom team

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Former Munster Rugby coach leaves South Africa backroom team

South African Rugby have confirmed that former Munster Rugby Strength and Conditioning coach Aled Walters will leave the Springbok set up, returning to the UK to take up a role there. 

Walters, who has been the Springboks’ Head of Athletic Performance since 2018, has been released from his contract and will leave South Africa to join an overseas club in June, SA Rugby announced on Tuesday.

Former Munster coach Rassie Erasmus, now the World Cup winning Director of Rugby in South Africa, paid tribute to the important contribution Walters has made during his tenure of two years with the Springboks.

“It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” said Erasmus.

“Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go, he will also have our very best wishes for the future.”

Walters said he enjoyed his time with the Springboks and added that he is returning to United Kingdom for personal reasons.

“My tenure with the Springboks can be described as some of the best times I’ve had in rugby, but these are uncertain times and the wish to be closer to families based in Wales and Ireland was a key consideration in making what was a very hard decision,” said Walters.

An appointment to replace Walters will be made in due course.