I won’t be back with Boks, says Rassie
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.’