Rassie Erasmus to coach Barbarians against Argentina in December

Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus is set to coach Baa-baas
Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus is set to coach Baa-baas
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Barbarians have confirmed South Africa director of rugby and head coach Rassie Erasmus as the in charge of the invitational side when they take on Argentina in December.

Erasmus had a fabulous year with the Springboks when the team registered a 2-1 series victory over Eddie Jones' England at home during the June series and last weekend they went on to beat All Blacks 34-36 in their Rugby Championship encounter in Wellington which was also their first win in New Zealand in nine years.

The former South Africa international expressed delight on the news of working with Barbarians.

“It’s a terrific honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians later this year and it should be a great occasion at Twickenham,” said Erasmus.

“The Barbarians are renowned for bringing together great individuals and the challenge for coaches is moulding them into a team that plays wonderful rugby, which they certainly showed earlier this year against England.

“There’s a lot of important games for South Africa between now and then but the chance to work with a new group and take on Argentina once more will be a great end to the year.”

South Africa internationals Handre Pollard, Eben Etzebeth and Tendai Mtawarira have already accepted the invitation to be part of the Baa-baas as they face a rejuvenated Argentina side that went on to register historic wins against the Springboks and Australia in the last three weeks.

The game will be played at Twickenham on 1st December at the conclusion of the November internationals.