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Former Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been named as the new head coach of the Springboks.
Erasmus will replace former boss Allister Coetzee, who was recently sacked after a hugely disappointing period in charge of the national side. Erasmus was originally brought in director of rugby for the SARU, but many believed him being appointed Springboks coach was inevitable.
The 45-year-old will have three assistant coaches working alongside him – Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick, while Aled Walters (formerly of Munster) will join the management team as Head of Athletic Performance.
“The Springbok team is our flagship brand and the on-field performances have a direct impact on the business of SA Rugby,” said SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.
“Following a very detailed review process of the 2017 season, I believe that we have managed to assemble a strong and experienced Springbok coaching and management staff. We are looking forward to see improved performances this season.”
Erasmus is excited about the challenge ahead.
“It is a huge task to coach the Springboks and I am very privileged,” said Erasmus.
“I really believe we have the players and the rugby IP (intellectual property) to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at next year’s Rugby World Cup.
“We have 18 Tests and just under 600 days until Japan 2019 and although a lot of planning has already gone into our Rugby World Cup preparation, it is very important that we prepare thoroughly for the matches against Wales and England in June.”