Friday 23 June 2017

Rassie Erasmus responds firmly to reports that he will leave Munster to take up South Africa role

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Rassie Erasmus has dismissed any suggestion he might be leaving Munster and heading back to South Africa to take over from beleaguered Springboks' coach Allister Coetzee.

The director of rugby yesterday put to bed any notion that he is being lined up for a return to his native country and confirmed that his future is with Munster, where he is in the first of a three-year deal.

Just over a fortnight ago his lawyer back in South Africa Frikkie Erasmus told media there that reports linking the 36-times Springbok with a return home were unfounded.

And yesterday, Erasmus, speaking at a media briefing ahead of Friday's game against the Dragons, confirmed that his future is with Munster.

"There is so much speculation with things normally at this time of the year with players, but I just think the South African set-up is obviously going through a little bit of a rough patch which they will definitely get out of, I am pretty sure they will.

"When that happens there is always a lot of speculation around different coaches. I am definitely not in the mix there."

Irish Independent

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