John Robbie on why South African rugby wanted Rassie Erasmus back

John Robbie explains why South African Rugby brought Rassie Erasmus back into the fold.

It was confirmed some time back that Rassie Erasmus will take up the director of rugby role with South Africa after after a successful 2016/17 campaign with Munster. It was a season that began in tragic circumstances following the death of Anthony Foley but Erasmus rallied a shellshocked Munster squad and got them to a European semi final and a loss in a domestic final.

Erasmus is to leave his role as director of rugby in December unless Munster and the IRFU can find a suitable successor in the meantime. It is certainly not ideal for Munster heading into the new season but it is something they had to address sooner rather than later.

Speaking to Sporting Limerick, South African rugby pundit and broadcaster John Robbie says they are delighted to have such a “deep thinker” back in South Africa. The Springboks had a woeful 2017 but Robbie feels this dip in form is exactly what they need to kick on in 2018 when Erasmus arrives

“What an amazing character, he was a wonderful player, years ahead of his time and he’s proved himself to be a really deep thinker of the game…

“Rassie is someone who is very very well respected here, in South African rugby particularly at Springbok level has lost its way, last year was an absolute disaster, and funnily enough I think it was a good thing….. I think that that allowed South African rugby to sit back and take a good hard look at itself.”

Since the poor outing from the South Africans in the November internationals last year, Robbie believes they are back on the right track following a 3 nil whitewash of the French in June and Erasmus appointment is the perfect way to to help this relatively inexperienced South African team to develop

“There is a feeling that they need a general, they need somebody on top looking purely on rugby matters and I think that the spotlight has gone on Rassie and I think that Rassie has sort of felt it’s going to come at some stage….. and it’s a good time now after a disaster season, signs of a rehabilitation, wonderful players coming through.”

Robbie makes the point that it was inevitable from Erasmus’ point of view that he was going to return to coach his national team and also talks about Munster’s role in the decision and how understanding they were.

“I think it’s terrific that Munster have been so magnanimous about it and certainly the words of praise that they’ve given to Rassie and his team, I think everybody here has sort of taken it with reflective pride.”

You can watch the full interview on the link below.

Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content from YouTube, a service provided by an external third party.

YouTube privacy policy

If you accept this notice, your choice will be saved and the page will refresh.


Social Sharing

Posted in

Munster exit URC with Glasgow defeat at Thomond Park | HIGHLIGHTS

Munster gained their first try after RG Snyman set up an attack, passing to Jeremy Loughman who stormed ...
Read More

Munster Rugby issue squad update

Along with the 23 players who featured against Ospreys at Thomond Park on Friday night, there were 17 ...
Read More

Munster through to URC semi-final with Ospreys victory | HIGHLIGHTS

The hosts saw out the remainder of the game to secure a semi-final, fixed for next Saturday at ...
Read More

Munster all set for Ospreys clash | TEAM NEWS

Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer pack down in the front row with RG Snyman and captain ...
Read More

Munster Rugby issue squad update

Tom Ahern suffered an ankle/lower leg injury against Ulster and has undergone a scan, he is unavailable for ...
Read More

Munster top URC with bonus-point Ulster win | HIGHLIGHTS

The bonus-point win sees Munster secure first seed and Rowntree’s side will now take on Ospreys at Thomond ...
Read More

Munster name team to face Ulster | TEAM NEWS

Kendellen, Ahern and Coombes are set to continue their record of playing in every URC and Champions Cup ...
Read More

Munster Rugby issue squad update ahead of Ulster clash

Munster have won 12 of their 17 games so far, drawing one and losing four to sit top ...
Read More