Wednesday 13 December 2017

Rassie Erasmus 'clarified' to Munster squad that he will stay on as Director of Rugby

21 April 2017; Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus during their captain's run at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 April 2017; Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus during their captain's run at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Niall Scannell has revealed that Rassie Erasmus assured the Munster squad “a few weeks ago” that he was committed to seeing out his three-year contract with the province.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Erasmus would be tempted to return to his native South Africa but the Munster hooker confirmed that the Director of Rugby would remain in Ireland.

The news will come as a huge boost to Munster just hours after they were knocked out of Europe by a classy Saracens side at the Aviva Stadium.

“There's been a lot speculation, but he clarified to us a few weeks ago,” Scannell said.

“And I'll be honest with you, at the time it was reassuring to hear because himself, Jacques (Nienaber), Felix (Jones) and Fla (Flannery). They're a top quality coaching ticket and they've done so much for us.

“Obviously Axel (Foley) had a big hand in that, but if you just look at the turnaround we've had in nine or ten months.

“I can't speak highly enough for what a good coach Rassie is. It's brilliant that he's staying around. It's brilliant for our club and it's brilliant for Irish rugby.

“The confidence its given us, it's something i haven't had from a coach before. He comes into the changing room afterwards saying: look, they're further along their curve and they were the better team today.

“You trust him and you believe that we will evolve and we will get there and that's hugely reassuring that he's staying around.”

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