Rassie Eramus tops list to replace Coetzee at Boks helm

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SA Rugby Director of Rugby, Rassie Eramus, is well on his way to lead the Springboks. This after Allister Coetzee parted ways as coach with immediate effect.

An announcement to that effect, is expected before the end of the month.

SA Rugby announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement with Coetzee to part ways with immediate effect. This comes after a string of poor results from the coach.

It is an open secret that Erasmus is first in line to take over from Coetzee. He returned to South Africa after an 18 month stint in Ireland where Munster won 21 out of their 26 matches under the former Springbok captain.

Should he get the nod, his first challenge will be to lure back overseas-based players.

“The problem is the 9,8,7 players that can still play for us at World Cup level and help us beat the All Blacks and England, those are the players you don’t want to lose. I think we have a plan in place and we will try and overcome that problem,” says Erasmus.

He says he has been busy behind the scenes preparing and planning for the three-match test series against England in June as well as for next year’s World Cup in Japan.

“It’s going to be tough against England. They are number two in the world, they have a great coach on a great run, a huge challenge. We are busy with our planning; we are working hard behind the scenes. We are in with a big chance in these games because we have a big player pool.”

SA Rugby will appoint and announce the name of the new coach and his support staff before the end of the month.