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SA director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus
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Did you see Rassie Erasmus’ last tweet?

Rassie Erasmus might be enjoying some down time, but his latest tweet will certainly have South Africans smiling.

Springboks Rassie

SA director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus
Image via Instagram @bokstjopsanddops

For the Springboks and Rassie Erasmus, the celebrations continued long after an epic World Cup triumph last month, with the trophy parade across South Africa having once again highlighted how much the win meant to the country.

Erasmus, as director of rugby, was once again so central to the success of the team and uniting them behind a single cause.

Sunday, 5 November, was also a special occasion for Rassie as he celebrated his 51st birthday.

Since then, Erasmus may have been able to enjoy some down time before returning to his director of rugby duties, but less than a week ago he did take time to post a special photo to X – formerly known as Twitter.

The picture, presumably snapped at home, showed the replica of the Webb Ellis Cup placed alongside his beloved English bulldog.

Of course, a couple of years ago Rassie already made his dog Frank somewhat famous after posting a lighthearted video showing him calling his ‘English’ pet a ‘cheat’ and a ‘bully’ while he played with him in bed. The video also showed him poking fun at the dog by suggesting he was English and not South African.

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Rassie set to coach the Boks again

Earlier this year it was revealed that current Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber will vacate his post after the 2023 World Cup as he heads to Ireland to join Leinster, while it’s been further confirmed that SA Rugby are in no rush to replace him just yet. In the interim, at least, this role is set to fall to Erasmus.

“We will do the wash-up of the tour and talk about where we will go next, but there is no rush (to replace Nienaber),” SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has stated. “We have the director of rugby [Erasmus] to fill in that role in the meantime and we are taking our time to see the other coaches within the system and then we will make a decision. 

“There is no rush for us to go ahead and appoint a coach tomorrow. We have enough cover for the programmes to continue. We are also looking from within because we are building succession. We are building capacity in the organisation. We will look deep into [the] organisation and if we fail to find the right person, we will go outside.” 

Erasmus is contracted to 2025, but there is even a chance that SA Rugby could look to extend his services for the next four-year cycle.

“We will see how the succession plan looks, where we are in that planning and based on that we will decide to get a coach next year, the next year or maybe the director of rugby will coach the team until the next World Cup. We are not rushing to do anything.”

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Another new coach for Springboks

Meanwhile, Duane Vermeulen is reportedly being eyed as Nienaber’s successor as defence coach, with the veteran No 8 now set to hang up his boots.

With all this in mind, SA Rugby announced previously that three current Springbok assistant coaches Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids and Daan Human, as well as Head of Athletic Performance, Andy Edwards, had signed contract extensions for another four years. This will see them remain with the team until the conclusion of the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

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Stick and Davids, the two most senior assistant coaches in the set-up, are obvious candidates to take over from Nienaber, and it’s already been made clear that the Springboks will most likely promote from within.

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Boks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website
The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website

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