DOR Rassie hits SARU House

SA Rugby confirmed on Monday that Rassie Erasmus had started in his new position as Director of Rugby at the union’s headquarters in Cape Town.

Erasmus was joined at SARU House by Jacques Nienaber, a former Springbok assistant coach and SA Rugby High-Performance Manager, who will also resume duties in the Rugby Department. Both return to South Africa following a stint with Irish province Munster.

Apart from overseeing SA Rugby’s eight national teams, Erasmus will also manage the development of players, coaches and referees.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome back Rassie and Jacques into the SA Rugby family and we know they’ll add real value to our rugby department and the development of the game in South Africa,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“They have more than 25 years’ worth of coaching experience between them and will be a great asset to our game here, on many different levels.”

Roux said that the pair would spend the rest of the year in planning for 2018 and would not be directly involved with any national team until the New Year.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Lions Fan '82

    That sounds like exactly what we need….development of players. Hopefully “Retention of players” also gets some attention. Development of bok players = depth. Something we are seriously short of. We have depth at Lock, maybe a little in the loose forwards, but thats it. And obviously that’s where our strength now lies. Will he have a say in selections, rotating some player, giving everyone some game time? That surely is developing players.

    I think AC is afraid to put in some fringe players at scrumhalf & fullback this weekend, he know’s his neck is on the line.
    Please give Gallant and Paige a start,(cant believe I’m begging for Paige to start, is that where we are….)

  • Lions Fan '82

    Welcome Rassie, glad to have you back!!!

  • Shaville Fledermaus

    All hell is about to break loose. Make no mistake, both him and his side-kick are great coaches and with all probability can add value to SA rugby. But will they be able to break down racial obstacles? My answer is an emphatic NO!! They both left the country because of bad politics that smells like racial decide. I never trusted that man because he has a racist streak deeply embedded. Now he is back

  • stormramp

    Doesnt matter I’m a colored guy but I’ll back Rassie 100% because some black and colored players needs schooling and I’m not saying that white players doesnt. But if he looses 4 or 6 games inna row then its not the coach thats the problem but the players themselves. They have to be able to read the game and understand whats expected from a game plan

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