Rassie Erasmus is set to make a return as the head coach of the South Africa national rugby team until 2027, following the departure of Jacques Nienaber to Leinster. Erasmus played a pivotal role in guiding the Springboks to consecutive Rugby World Cup victories in 2019 and 2023.
Having served in a director of rugby capacity during the recent tournament in France, Erasmus expresses his intent to be more hands-on in field sessions, facilitating a smooth transition back into the head coach role.
Jerry Flannery, the current Harlequins defence coach, is slated to leave his position this month to assume responsibility for the defensive aspects of the world champions' game under Erasmus.
Additional changes to the coaching staff include the appointment of Tony Brown, former New Zealand fly-half, as the attack coach, and Duane Vermeulen, a key player in both World Cup triumphs, taking on a roving coaching role across all South African national teams. Former international referee Jaco Peyper also joins as the national laws adviser.
Erasmus expresses his readiness to take on a more active role in field sessions, highlighting his collaborative approach with Jacques Nienaber during his tenure as director of rugby. The coaching reshuffle aims to maintain South Africa's rugby success, building on their recent achievements on the global stage.