- As Rassie Erasmus steps down as coach he is not leaving the Springboks
- He is now able to focus on his role as Director of Rugby
- Jacques Nienaber has been appointed the new coach
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Some reacted with shock and surprise that Rassie Erasmus was replaced as Springbok coach by Jacques Nienaber. However, those in the know were not worried at all.
Briefly.co.za knew that when Rassie steps down as coach he is now able to focus 100% on his role as Director of Rugby and as such will still be involved in all aspects of the Springboks.
The new coach is no stranger to Rassie or the Springboks and has served as Rassie's trusty right-hand man over the past few years and it was not a coincidence that he was appointed to the role.
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Rassie made it clear that he would still be intimately involved with decisions relating to the Springboks according to supersport.co.za.
"Everyone knows when I was appointed as Director of Rugby a few years ago it was to work with the coaches and different departments. When Allister moved on then the focus was solely the Springbok team and the World Cup. We all realised it was impossible to do both jobs and by appointing a head coach now it will free up myself now to be a little bit more strategic.
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"When I mean strategic, I am definitely not going to have an admin job where I sit in the office. If I can give you an example. My role for example with the Junior Springboks, it wouldn't be to help them win, that would be the job of the Junior Springbok coach. My job would be for the Junior Springboks to be holistically developed so when they come out on the other side of the Junior Springbok campaign, they must be better equipped to be better rugby players.
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