The worst-kept secret in South African sport has finally been confirmed, Rassie Erasmus has been announced as the new Springbok coach.
SA Rugby has confirmed that Erasmus will serve in his current position as director of rugby in addition to taking over coaching duties.
Erasmus takes over from Alistair Coetzee, who was fired as coach in February after a disastrous tenure lasting 2 years and 25 Test matches. Coetzee managed a win percentage of only 44%.
Briefly.co.za takes a closer look at the man who has been entrusted to transform the once mighty and proud Springboks from the doldrums back to glory.
1. Rassie is from a town of sporting legends
Rassie is from Despatch in the Eastern Cape. The town has bred a legend of the game and more than its fair share of other sporting greats.
Rugby legend Danie Gerber is perhaps the most famous of all the residents. The town also produced cricket umpire legend Rudi Koertzen and former SA cricket captain Johan Botha
2. He captained the Springboks once
Rassie played for the Springboks on 36 occasions between 1997 and 2001. He captained the team once, unfortunately, his side lost to Australia on that occasion.
Rassie has been involved in coaching since 2005 and has been hailed by Nick Mallet as once of the best in the world.
3. He is the first director of rugby at SA Rugby
SA Rugby was so desperate to have Rassie on their books that they created a new position for him. Rassie has taken to his role like a duck to water, he has completed scouting trips to Japan to look at the best training facilities for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
4. His real name is Johan
The new Springbok coach was born Johan Erasmus. The name Rassie is actually a play of words on his last name which grew in popularity as he made a name for himself.
Rassie is 45-years old and is the 13th Springbok coach since readmission. Rassie will be joined by three assistant coaches Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick, while Aled Walters will join the management team as head of athletic performance.
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