I won’t be back with Boks, says Rassie

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - THE TITLE -

SOUTH Africa-bound Rassie Eras­mus yes­ter­day failed to end his Aviva Sta­dium hoodoo, Mun­ster los­ing their fourth match in 12 months at Ir­ish rugby head­quar­ters.

How­ever, the newlyap­pointed Spring­bok di­rec­tor of rugby doesn’t ex­pect to be back at the Dublin 4 sta­dium in five weeks’ time work­ing in his new Test role and plot­ting the down­fall of Joe Sch­midt’s Ire­land team.

With Mun­ster yet to con­firm that pre­ferred can­di­date Jo­hann van Graan — the cur­rent Spring­boks for­wards coach — will soon take up their con­tract of­fer, Eras­mus (right) has told Sports­mail he owes it to the prov­ince to re­main in charge for as long as nec­es­sary. Which means he will not be work­ing for South Africa on Novem­ber 11.

‘I don’t think there is a chance for that,’ he said, ex­plain­ing that the ap­point­ment of a fel­low for­eigner to the Mun­ster post isn’t some­thing that can hap­pen overnight.

‘Who­ever the coach is go­ing to come in here, if he is not an Ir­ish per­son he will have to get a work per­mit, he will have to get over here, he will have to get used to the squad.

‘When we do a han­dover we would like to say every­thing is fine now be­cause that is the com­mit­ment (I have made) to the play­ers.

‘The ques­tion has been asked about some­one com­ing in and chang­ing the game plan to­tally. I don’t think any coach will be that stupid be­cause you will lose.

‘The other thing is these play­ers must be com­fort­able with a new per­son and if I can help in any way, I would like to do that.’

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