Thursday 19 October 2017

Confirmed: Rassie Erasmus to leave Munster for Springbok Director of Rugby role

29 December 2016; Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber during squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
29 December 2016; Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber during squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Munster have today confirmed that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber will leave the province at the end of December to return to South Africa.

Erasmus took over the role last summer, guiding the province to a PRO 12 final and the Champions Cup semi-final while dealing with the tragedy of head coach Anthony Foley's tragic passing in October.

Erasmus is set for a top job in his home country of South Africa, with the Springboks announcing that he will take on the role of Director of Rugby to 'oversee national teams, management of comps and development of players, coaches, refs'.

Backs coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery will remain with the province as Munster look for a replacement for Erasmus.

Commenting on the departures Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: “With the squad and management returning for preseason this week we can today confirm that Rassie and Jacques will return to South Africa.

“While we understand Erasmus’ reason to return to his home country for an opportunity as the national director of rugby we are disappointed to see him and Jacques both leave. Working closely with both I witnessed first-hand the work that they do, and we will always be grateful to Rassie for leading the squad through our most difficult time with the untimely passing of Axel (Anthony Foley)."

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