Our system is working: Rassie Erasmus

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South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says that the developmental system at junior levels is working very well.

Erasmus was recently appointed in his new position after leading the Springboks to their third Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.

Jacques Nienaber is the new Springboks coach.

South African Rugby Union (Saru) President Mark Alexander announced a fairly unchanged technical team with Daan Human (scrum consultant) the only new member.

Other members are three assistant coaches Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids, and Felix Jones.

Erasmus says continuity is the key.

Erasmus also weighed in on the issue of foreign players in the local league. SA has a minimal amount of foreigners but countries such as France and Japan has many foreigners. Erasmus does not believe that it will affect the national team.

Davids will be assisting with the forwards working closely with Erasmus. Human will be working with the scrums with Sticks working with the backline according to Erasmus.

Jones was roped in to replace attack consultant Swys de Bruin. The former Ireland international will focus on the overseas-based players.

There are currently more than 400 South African players abroad. Erasmus says he will be based in Ireland. – Report by Vincent Sitsula