Rassie is targeting 3rd World Cup

Henry

It’s official. Rassie Erasmus will be at the helm of the Springboks’ coaching affairs for the next four years.

The World Cup-winning coach undoubtedly has a third Webb Ellis trophy in his sights and he will be assisted by old celebrities such as Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids and Daan Human, while Tony Brown and Jerry Flannery will also be part of the set-up.

The 49-year-old Brown, a former All Blacks flyhalf, will fill Felix Jones’s shoes as attack coach, while Flannery – who played for Ireland in his playing days – will be responsible for the Boks’ defence.

So in between the coach confirmations and appointments, Jaco Peyper and Duane Vermeulen were also approached.

Peyper, who recently announced his refereeing retirement, will assist South African teams with the game’s rules and regulations.

Then it was ensured that Vermeulen’s rugby knowledge and talent would not be lost and he would move between the country’s teams as a mobile coach.

According to Erasmus, it is a huge privilege to coach the Springboks.

“I am very grateful for the trust that has been placed in me. The biggest difference between the upcoming season and the past four years is that I will be much more involved in the training sessions,” said the 51-year-old rugby guru.

As Saru’s director of rugby, the former Springbok loose forward worked with Jacques Nienaber and the other coaches on the Boks’ structure and strategies and he believes that it will be an easy move back to the training field with the whistle in hand.

A tough international season awaits the Springboks with matches against, among others, the All Blacks and Ireland, but Erasmus is satisfied with the South Africans’ rugby depth.

“Most of the 2023 World Cup winners are still available for selection and several young players now boast international experience; something that is invaluable at test level.”

  • Springbok coaching group:

Head Coach: Race Erasmus

Assistant Coaches: Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids, Daan Human, Tony Brown and Jerry Flannery.

Head of Performance: Andy Edwards.