Springboks plot to retain Rugby World Cup for the third time in a row as Rassie Erasmus bounces back

SA Rugby has confirmed the return of Rassie Erasmus as the Springbok head coach until 2027.

Erasmus, who played a pivotal role in the Boks’ successful World Cup campaigns in 2019 and 2023, will now lead the team for the next four years.

He expressed his excitement about the opportunity, saying, “I am honored to be given the chance to lead the Springboks once again. We have achieved great success in recent years, and I am confident that we can continue to build on that.”

The departure of head coach Jacques Nienaber to Leinster prompted Erasmus to step back into the role.

He is determined to plot an unprecedented three-peat for the Springboks in Australia.

Speaking about his goals for the team, Erasmus stated, “Our aim is to continue our winning ways and achieve even greater success. We have a talented group of players, and I am confident that we can make history by winning a third consecutive World Cup.”

As part of the new coaching team, former Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery will take over defensive responsibilities.

The new coaching team is completed by the retention of Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids, Daan Human, and Andy Edwards, as well as the addition of retired international referee Jaco Peyper as the National Laws Advisor.

Double World Cup-winning Bok No.8 Duane Vermeulen will also assume a “roving coaching role” across all of SA Rugby’s national teams.

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