White’s knight

Is Rassie Erasmus the man to win the Springboks the World Cup?

sar_may.jpgThis is the question posed in the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday. We speak to players and coaches who know Erasmus best and find out what value he will add to the Bok coaching set-up.

“Rassie will take a load off,” says Nick Mallett. “Jake can definitely trust his attacking and defensive plays.”

“Many coaches can draw tactics and moves on a board, but it must work on the field,” says Ollie le Roux. “Rassie’s in a different class to anyone on the Bok management team — and I include Jake.”

We also get fascinating insights from White, Chester Williems, Kobus van der Merwe, Eugene Eloff and Naka Drotske (and not all of them rave about Rassie).

Also in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine:

Our six Super 14 stars: Fourie du Preez, Brad Barritt, Jaque Fourie, Peter Grant, Juan Smith and ‘Ice’ Toeava.

– Why AJ Venter must go to the World Cup

– Lote Tuqiri’s big pay day and the impact of corporate salary top-ups

– How Brian Ashton’s fixation with youth could spell disaster for England at the World Cup

– Mike Catt on his Test comeback and World Cup ambitions

– Exposing the myth: How New Zealand rugby helps Samoa

– Jonathan Kaplan explains how greater use of technology could help referees

PLUS: Super 14 stats, Vodacom Cup, Baby Boks, Anton leonard’s other life, Rassie on scrumming, World Cup countdown