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Munster Planning For Rassie Erasmus Departure – Already Have Replacement In Mind [Report]

Rassie Erasmus has reportedly been offered a lucrative four-year-contract by the South African Rugby Union.

Speculation regarding Rassie Erasmus’s future has been rife in recent weeks with the Munster man even admitting himself that he had held both formal and informal talks with the South African Rugby Union.

Although Erasmus only signed a three-year contract with the Irish province last year, it has been confirmed that the deal includes certain release clauses that will allow the 44-year-old to depart once this season has concluded should he so desire.

Speaking about his future last week, Erasmus stated that he wasn’t in the mix the last time the SARU were selecting their head coach but also hinted that circumstances may have changed of late.

“I have got a standard IRFU contract. Obviously there is some clauses there, the same as Pat Lam had in his contract, but otherwise it’s the standard IRFU contract.

“I have been talking to them [the SARU] for the last… since I have been here. I have been living there and coaching there the last 16 years and I know the guys really well.

“There has been some formal and informal chats, you know, and as I said last time when they talked about the coaching position, I wasn’t in the mix and I wasn’t in the mix last time.”

Writing on the Erasmus situation, The42 have now reported that the Munster man has indeed been presented with a lucrative offer to take charge in South Africa and that the province are now preparing to receive notice of their Director of Rugby’s intention to leave.

European Rugby Champions Round 4, Welford Road Stadium, Leicester, England 17/12/2016 Leicester Tigers vs Munster Munster's defence coach Jacques Nienaber

In the same report, The42 have also broken the news that Munster have already turned their attention to assistant coach Jacques Nienaber who they are considering promoting to a head coaching position should Erasmus confirm his intention to return to South Africa.

Munster will face Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-final on the 22nd of April in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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