- Apr 18, 2010
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https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/nienaber-in-pole-position-for-top-job/Jacques Nienaber is reportedly set to land the Springbok head-coaching role later this month.
World Cup-winning Bok coach Rassie Erasmus has stepped down from the role to focus on his responsibilities as SA Rugby director of rugby. Defence guru Nienaber and ex-Kings boss Deon Davids are the front-runners in the race to succeed Erasmus.
According to a report in Die Burger on Saturday, Nienaber is now in the inside lane in the race for the Bok top job after Erasmus presented his proposal to the SA Rugby executive, identifying Nienaber as his replacement.
Davids is expected to come into the fray as an assistant coach alongside Matt Proudfoot and Mzwandile Stick.
It is believed Erasmus’ proposal, which also outlines his vision for the way forward for rugby in general, was accepted unopposed. The finer details still have to be negotiated before the paperwork is completed and announcement made.
I think going for Nienaber would be an astute move. Davids is the right guy to get in the Boks mix but he needs to be in the system first before he should be considered for the top spot.
https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/paper-talk-england-keep-tabs-proudfoot/In the latest update on the Springbok coaching group for 2020, it appears that the Boks could be without Matt Proudfoot from next year onward. According to the story in Rapport, Proudfoot is set to join Eddie Jones’ backroom staff in England. Proudfoot played a major part in the 2019 World Cup win despite not being part of Rassie Erasmus’ original plans. His place in the Bok coaching setup will be taken by Deon Davids.
Rapport is very accurate with it's reporting so I reckon this is going to happen.
I'm unsure of how much of a loss this is to be honest? Proudfoot was around the AC era and we all know how the forwards were during that period.
I didn't know that he wasn't part of Rassie's original plans though and the Bok pack regaining it's oomph directly coincided with Rassie coming onboard.