Springboks squad in a huddle during training camp in Pretoria Photo SA Rugby website Springbok

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

Good news: Here is who will coach the Springboks next!

The Springboks are in no rush to replace outgoing Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber, and the role is set to fall to a familiar face.

Springboks squad in a huddle during training camp in Pretoria Photo SA Rugby website Springbok

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

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.

Nienaber cited personal reasons for the decision, but said his focus remained on the major task of the year, which was to give everything in the Springboks’ defence of their Rugby World Cup title. That goal was achieved in some style on Saturday night.

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Understandably, plenty of attention has turned to the candidates who could take over from Nienaber, and according to reports, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will play a key role in guiding SA Rugby on who to appoint as the next head coach. 

“We will be led by the director of rugby (Erasmus),” stated SA Rugby’s acting CEO Rian Oberholzer before the Test season kicked off. “Thanks to succession planning, Jacques was appointed from within [SA Rugby’s] structures. We believe this is the correct way to go forward.”

It’s also already been confirmed that SA Rugby is not looking at an overseas coach, and will also not be rushing to make an appointment.

The latest reports now suggest that SA Rugby are reportedly happy to let Rassie Erasmus fill the role of Springbok head coach in the interim.

According to reports on SundaySA Rugby has no immediate plans to advertise the role of head coach and are happy to let Erasmus take the reins until a final decision is made.

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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.

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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.

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.

If SA Rugby opts to advertise the position, they could receive some interesting candidates, but an ‘outsider’ getting the gig looks increasingly unlikely as they would surely want to bring in their own assistant coaches.

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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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