According to recent reports, Rassie Erasmus was said to be a sought after candidate to come in as Ireland Rugby’s performance director to replace David Nucifora, who stated last October that he would be leaving his post within the next two years.
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The rumours came not long after it was confirmed that Erasmus’ long-time coaching partner Jacques Nienaber will step down from his position as Springbok head coach after the World Cup campaign to further his career at Leinster, where he will replace Stuart Lancaster as a senior coach.
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Although there was no sign of a formal offer, there were some suggestions that Erasmus could apparently be open to the move, with a so-called clause in his contract even reportedly enabling him to leave earlier than 2025 when his current SA Rugby deal ends.
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Yet, Erasmus has now made it clear that this is not on the cards.
“No, no,” said former Munster head coach Erasmus. “There have been no talks, there is no truth in that. I’m not sure where it started but I have not chatted to them. I’m definitely not following Jacques.”
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It shouldn’t be forgotten that other reports and rumours suggest that when Nienaber steps away, Erasmus could potentially once again take over as head coach.
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It all remains to be seen what will happen, but undoubtedly the only focus for the 50-year-old will be on the current World Cup.
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