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Rassie Erasmus to step down as Springboks Head coach

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has said he will not continue coaching the side after the Rugby world cup set for Japan next year.
Erasmus who doubles up as the South Africa director of rugby says that after next year’s world cup, he will step down as coach to solely concentrate on his duties as director.
“I’m only head coach until the World Cup next year,” the Bok mentor told Supersport.
“The six years (contract) is not there to protect myself … it’s there to protect SA Rugby. As we all know, if I don’t perform then the people will vote me out.”
The Director of Rugby role entails working with all ‘structures’ in SARU, including the junior sides, women’s sides and even the unions and franchises.
“When I was appointed Director of Rugby … at that stage I still thought Allister Coetzee was continuing. The leadership asked Allister to step down and then asked me to step in.
“The moment I am finished with this (head coach role) and for the next six months, I will be involved with them all.”
Erasmus who took over from Allister Coetzee has led the Boks to impressive performances in test matches as they head into next year’s world cup.

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