Rassie Erasmus is set to join the new Springbok management this week.
It’s been two weeks since Bok head coach Heyneke Meyer’s appointment, and plans to build him a strong support staff have been ongoing ever since. According to the Rapport, Saru is now set to finalise his first recruit over the next several days, with former Stormers director of coaching Rassie Erasmus set to take on a technical advisor role – the same role he played shortly before the Springboks’ World Cup campaign. Contract negotiations are expected to happen this week.
The 39-year-old has been connected to several jobs in Europe after his resignation at WP. However, Erasmus told keo.co.za last month that he would be interested in a post in South Africa as he wants to consider his young family.
Current Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu and several Bulls management members, like defence coach John McFarland, forwards coach Johann van Graan, conditioning coach Basil Carzis, are also linked to Bok jobs.
The Bulls personnel are all committed to the Pretoria franchise under their current contracts, but it’s reported that Saru is willing to pay for them to be released as they are all on Meyer’s wishlist.
Treu has already confirmed to SA Rugby magazine that he wants to be part of the process that prepares the Blitzboks for sevens rugby’s debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but keo.co.za has it on good authority that he is open to a dual job that will allow him to be released to coach 15-man rugby and to focus on the national sevens team as a consultant or senior mentor whenever possible. Treu said he has no interest in becoming a Super Rugby assistant coach, but a Bok assistant coach post with the opportunity to succeed Meyer in the long-term future will be an appealing deal.
In other management rumours, former Bok players Louis Koen and Victor Matfield are expected to be hired as kicking and lineout consultants respectively.