Thursday 19 October 2017

Erasmus sticks with tried and tested as 'Boks post remains his dream job

News Rassie Erasmus will remain at the province next season has been welcomed at Munster. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
News Rassie Erasmus will remain at the province next season has been welcomed at Munster. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no plans to make any additions to his management team in the off-season.

Erasmus was brought to the province last season in a director of rugby role but since the untimely death of his head coach Anthony Foley, he and the rest of his coaching team have taken on extra duties.

Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, skills coach Felix Jones, and defence coach Jacques Nienaber have all shouldered extra responsibilities along with Erasmus and the former Springbok says they have all coped admirably in difficult circumstances - so much so he wants to keep the same team together for next season.

"I think we have four guys that's doing the job. So, no, I don't think in the near future (we'll make any changes)," Erasmus said.

After their 26-10 defeat to Saracens in last Saturday's Champions Cup final, Erasmus conceded his side were beaten by the better team, and that even at their best they may have not been able to beat the champions.

The general view has been that Munster lacked a cutting edge in attack and kicked possession away too often. While agreeing that they need to improve in attack, Erasmus defended his tactics.

Tactics

"It is something that got us to a semi-final," said Erasmus. "And last year we had Zebre in the pool and we didn't get out of the pool. I guess if it isn't the best tactics it's at least a little bit better than it was last year."

Two points from Saturday's trip to Treviso will guarantee Munster a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12, but they will again be without Conor Murray, who is not yet fit due to a shoulder injury. CJ Stander was fit to train in Limerick yesterday, although the rested Peter O'Mahony, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Andrew Conway, Niall Scannell and Tommy O'Donnell won't travel to Italy.

News THAT Erasmus will remain at the province next season has been welcomed at Munster, and he says he is happy to draw a line under the speculation.

"I told the players seven or eight weeks ago, 'Boys you are not going to hear a definite 'no' from me in the newspapers because one day I would like to coach the Springboks, if I am good enough and the opportunity is there and if it fits in with everything'," he added. "If I'm good enough and the opportunity is there I would. The moment anything changes I will come and sit here and say, 'Guys listen there is something there'. I wouldn't be speculating about those things."

Meanwhile, Connacht yesterday confirmed contract extensions for local players Eoin McKeon and Darragh Leader.

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