Rassie Erasmus not keen to continue in South Africa head coach role post World Cup 2019

Rassie Erasmus (centre) wants to focus on his director of rugby role post World Cup
Rassie Erasmus (centre) wants to focus on his director of rugby role post World Cup
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South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said he will not continue with the head coach role of Springboks post 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Erasmus, who was appointed as the director of rugby of South Africa in 2017 also became the head coach after the board decided to sack Allister Coetzee in February.

The 46-year-old has been contracted with the South African board as the director of rugby until 2023 World Cup and Erasmus reckons he wants to focus on all the structures including the junior sides, women’s sides and even the unions and franchises irrespective of the result in the showpiece event next year.

“I’m only head coach until the World Cup next year,” Erasmus told Supersport.

“The six years (contract) is not there to protect myself … it’s there to protect SA Rugby. As we all know, if I don’t perform then the people will vote me out.

“When I was appointed Director of Rugby … at that stage I still thought Allister Coetzee was continuing. The leadership asked Allister to step down and then asked me to step in.

“The moment I am finished with this (head coach role) and for the next six months, I will be involved with them (the other SA Rugby structures) a lot.”

 

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