Bokke’s new coaches: More breed master moves?


When Rassie Erasmus chooses an assistant coach or consultant to add value to the Springboks, he has first done his homework properly.

He debated it for months, he sifted and sifted and then decided on knitters who were just like him, who were extremely hardworking, people he could work with and trust, who he could call late at night or early in the morning with a brilliant idea about how to keep the Goats at the top of the rankings.

This week, Erasmus involved the former All Black flyhalf Tony Brown and the former Irish hooker Jerry Flannery in the Boks’ coaching team.

These appointments will most likely be another master move, one of those that South Africans have become accustomed to in the past few years.

Brown, who played 18 tests for the All Blacks and was for many years one of the Highlanders and Otago’s big planners and mainstays, also played for the Stormers and Sharks before assisting Japan in 2015 and again in the 2019 World Cup. has.

As a player he was very innovative and as a coach he is highly regarded. He is, like Erasmus, extremely hard-working and, moreover, familiar with the country’s skilled defenders.

He will look after the talents of extremely gifted players such as Cheslin Kolbe, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Damian Willemse, Manie Libbok and Canan Moodie and his task will also be to look after experienced players such as Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel , Handré Pollard and Faf de Klerk to keep fresh.

Flannery played 41 tests for Ireland, is also very hardworking and was one of Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber’s (when they were at Munster) biggest pillars of support.

He has been Harlequins’ lineout and defense coach respectively for the past few months and will also be able to add value to the Springboks.

His task as forward coach will not be difficult because Steven Kitshoff, Ox Nche, Frans Malherbe, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Malcolm Marx, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi, Kwagga Smith, Deon Fourie and Jasper Wiese has already laid the foundation.

He just needs to build on that, make sure they don’t stagnate.

Yes, questions will be asked here and there – what about South African coaches such as John Ackermann, John Dobson, Franco Smith, Chris Rossouw, Dawie Snyman and Norman Laker – but that was Erasmus’ decision.

When Erasmus involved the Welshman Aled Walters in the Bokke’s coaching team a few years ago, many supporters asked: Aled who?

When the former Irish full-back Felix Jones was also involved in the Boks by Erasmus, the question was the same: Felix who?

Both were spot shots and contributed a lot of value to the Boks’ progress.

Now Brown and Flannery stand in their (as well as Nienaber’s) shoes and the chance that fans will question these two names is extremely slim.