Rassie Erasmus, Springboks alignment camp

Would the 2023 Springboks beat the generation of 2007? Image via Instagram @bokrugby

Rassie Erasmus: Why I remained committed to the Springboks!

Rassie Erasmus has revealed why he opted to return to the Springbok head coach role, stating: ‘I’ve seen this movie before, and I like it’.

Rassie Erasmus, Springboks alignment camp

Would the 2023 Springboks beat the generation of 2007? Image via Instagram @bokrugby

Back in 2018, Rassie Erasmus returned from Ireland to take up the top job coaching the Springboks, and successfully led the side to the 2019 World Cup title.

He subsequently guided the Springboks to success in the British & Irish Lions series in 2021 after shifting into a key role as director of rugby, while Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber also masterminded the World Cup triumph in 2023.

During his first two years with the ‘head coach’ title, Erasmus only returned a 65% win ratio over 26 Tests, but far greater context is required considering how he successfully rebuilt the team culture, game-plan and selection policies, while leading the Boks back to the summit of the world rugby rankings.

At the start of February, SA Rugby then confirmed that Erasmus had returned to the role of head coach for the next four years, following the departure of Nienaber to Leinster.

Should Erasmus serve out the entirety of his contract through to 2027, it will mean he has been at the helm of the Springboks for almost an entire decade, which would be a quite remarkable feat.

Rassie Erasmus loves the Springboks, and South Africa

Ultimately, Erasmus said his decision to return to the cauldron of the head coach job was based on his absolute passion for the Springbok brand.

“I’m one of those guys who says if you love something enough and can’t contribute in the way you should, you should step away.

“If I’m not good enough and the fans want me out, then it’s time to go. But at this time, I’m so in love with this country and the way we do things and the way we support the Springboks, that I can’t think of a nicer job to have, even with all the pressure.

“People will be upset at times, and I will be upset at times, but I’ve seen this movie before, and I like this movie,” he added during a press conference in Cape Town.

Bok Management:

Rassie Erasmus: Head Coach
Charles Wessels: Team Manager
Mzwandile Stick: Assistant Coach
Daan Human: Assistant Coach
Deon Davids: Assistant Coach
Tony Brown: Assistant Coach
Jerry Flannery: Assistant Coach
Andy Edwards: Head of Athletic Performance
Sebastian Prim: Sport Scientist
Paddy Sullivan: Performance Analyst
Lindsay Weyer: Technical Analyst
Jaco Peyper: Laws and Discipline Advisor
Dr Jerome Lehlogonolo Mampane: Team Doctor
Dr Aneurin Robyn: Physiotherapist
Rene Naylor: Physiotherapist
JJ Fredericks: Logistics Manager
Zintsika Tashe: Operations Manager
Zeena Isaacs van Tonder: Media Manager