Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus continues to be linked with becoming the Springboks’ new head coach today, despite playing down the rumours over the weekend.
As reported by Sport24, it’s widely expected that current South Africa rugby coach Allister Coetzee will see his contract terminated in the very new future. SARU would of course then be in need of a replacement, but even still, the muted appointment of Erasmus would raise eyebrows for a number of reasons. SA Rugby are believed to be currently working on a five-year contract to be offered to Erasmus upon the sacking of Coetzee.
Erasmus is enjoying an extremely successful time at Munster, having spent last weekend swatting aside Racing 92, last year’s Top 14 Champions. He now has a home quarter-final against Toulouse to look forward to after the Six Nations and appears to be warming to the sense of togetherness and passion fostered at Munster.
This has been a particularly poignant season for Munster Rugby in the wake of the passing of Anthony Foley, and Erasmus has dealt with the tragedy and guided the province superbly in its aftermath. As a result, it’s hardly surprising to hear that he’s not overly keen to leave the province.Indeed, his lawyer was quoted at the weekend saying;
“He is very happy in Ireland and he doesn’t have the interference there that happens here in South Africa. He has a long stint to go on what is a very good contract.”
It’s difficult to imagine Erasmus wanting to leave Ireland bearing all this in mind, although Munster have said that they would not stand in his way should he want to return home. One suspects that it’s the ultimate goal of any top level coach to lead their national side at some stage, and who knows when this opportunity will knock again for Erasmus.
Erasmus joined Munster rugby only last year having previously spent time working as the head of South Africa’s ‘Mobi-Unit’, a ‘high performance’ coaching ticket which operates as part of the South African Rugby Union. The prospect of him leaving Munster so soon would certainly come as a shock to Munster Rugby and may go some way to derailing what has been a remarkable season for the province so far.