Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that he will step down as head coach of the Springboks after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Erasmus was originally appointed as South Africa’s Director of Rugby with a remit of responsibility for all aspects of the game. However, when Allister Coetzee left the setup, Erasmus stepped in as head coach at the request of the union.
Once the 2019 World Cup is over, Erasmus will revert to his original role overseeing all aspects of the game which comes with the Director of Rugby role and a new head coach will be appointed to deal with the on-field matters.
“I’m only head coach until the World Cup next year,” Erasmus told SuperSport commentator, Mike Pearce.
“When I was appointed Director of Rugby … at that stage, I still thought Allister Coetzee was continuing,” he continued.
“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 (the other SA Rugby structures) a lot.”
As we often see at the end of World Cup cycles, there will be a whole host of coaches available so it will be interesting to see who South Africa opt to hire and to work under the 46-year-old going into the future.