Erasmus could head to SA sooner

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:58
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NEWS: Outgoing Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus explained that he will head to South Africa 'tomorrow' if the province find a replacement.

Erasmus was named the Director of Rugby at South Africa Rugby Union in June.

The 44-year-old will oversee eight  eight national teams and participation and management of 20 competitions as well as the development of players, coaches and referees in South Africa.

"I, and my family, moved to Limerick not knowing what was ahead of us, it was a challenge I was both nervous and excited about, and the experience has exceeded any of my expectations.  

"In making the decision to move I always said that one day I would like to coach the Springboks if the opportunity arose," Eramus told Munster rugby.ie in a lengthy interview.

"In June South Africa Rugby confirmed how the newly created position would work and when I spoke to Garrett [Fitzgerald] and David [Nucifora] they confirmed they wouldn’t stand in my way.  It was a national job, a wonderful opportunity and not with an opposition team.  That was the spirit in which it was handled and both management and players understand the reason for leaving," he added.

Returning to South Africa alongside Erasmus will be Defence Coach Jacques Nienaber with both set to depart Munster in December, if not sooner depending on the replacements.

"The way the whole conversation went with Garrett and David, it was never a case of Jacques and I staying for exactly six or nine months, or whatever.  

"The priority is finding the right replacement and if that means us staying until October, November or December, so be it, it’s an open discussion.

"I will coach and do my very best for as long as I am here, but if they find a replacement coach tomorrow and say I must go tomorrow, then I will go,"

 

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