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Ex-Springbok player Rassie Erasmus named new S. African coach

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Rassie Erasmus was confirmed as the new coach of South Africa on Thursday, replacing Allister Coetzee as the Springboks look towards being contenders for World Cup glory in Japan next year.

Erasmus has signed a five-year contract to the end of the 2023 World Cup in France and has been tasked with improving the results of the side after they slipped to sixth in the World Rugby rankings.

“I’m privileged. It’s a huge task to coach the Springboks,” Erasmus said.

I'm privileged. It's a huge task to coach the Springboks.

The 45 year old South Africa played for the Springboks and also had a stint as Munster director of rugby before returning to South Africa in 2017.

“I really believe we have the players and the rugby to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at the RWC,’‘ Erasmus added.

Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick will assist Erasmus, and Aled Walters will join the management team as head of athletic performance.

South Africans welcomed the development and will be hoping he revives their fortunes after the Springboks fell from fifth to sixth in the most recent world rakings.

The country’s Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said the changes to the Springboks management team were the result of a “very detailed review” of the 2017 season.

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