Well Rassie Erasmus is set to pick his predecessors’ brains

Rassie is gathering all the intel he can as he undertakes the tough job of Springbok coach, even seeking pointers from his predecessors.

Rassie Erasmus is undertaking what’s arguably the most unforgiving job in world rugby, and it appears as if he is under no illusions about the task ahead as he is reportedly seeking pointers from some of his predecessors.

Netwerk24 reports that the new Springbok coach has set up a meeting with a few of the men who’ve been in charge of the national men’s rugby team. The meeting will be held in Cape Town on Wednesday night.

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According to the publication, Erasmus is aiming to find out the challenges that they encountered during their respective tenures and hopefully get some insight as to what they would do differently. It’s not yet clear which coaches will be present in the meeting.

Erasmus took over the role from Allister Coetzee who parted ways with SA Rugby after a two year tenure which yielded 11 wins in 25 matches.

Coetzee’s departure was not in the friendliest of terms as it followed a leaked letter to SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, where he was especially critical of his former employer and decried the working conditions in which he made to work under.

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In the letter, he also alleged that he was offered to stay on as Bok coach, but in a ceremonious role as Erasmus would take over the coaching duties as Director of Rugby.

Coetzee found a sympathiser in another Bok coach, Jake White, who coached the national side to world cup triumph in 2007.

White backed up his claims of poor working conditions, saying he was “given spaghetti and told to make hamburgers”.

One former coached who can almost be ruled out of the meeting is current Zimbabwe mentor, Peter de Villiers, as relations between him and SA Rugby are evidently beyond repair, based on “backlisting” claims he made in his unveiling as the man in charge of rugby in the southern African country.

The Springboks’ first task this year will be against Wales in Washington DC on 2 June, before returning home to take on England in a three-match series.

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