Rassie Resign As Springbok Coach

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Springbok Head Coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed that he will step down after Saturday's World Cup final against England in Yokohama. He will then concentrate on his role as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby.

"It’s probably my last Test match," Erasmus said. ‘It’s an emotional one. I didn’t think 25 Tests would go that quickly".

Erasmus said that he will still be heavily involved, whatever way SA Rugby go in terms of the next Bok coach. His initial target after his appointment as Director of Rugby was to think more strategically in terms of helping the schoolboys, helping the sevens, and helping the Bok coach.

However, when he became the Bok coach his duties became a lot more hands-on. "your adrenaline starts pumping and you become part of it.

"Two years ago, everybody was talking about this hope thing, but I was like, let’s just focus on rugby. I’ve changed my mind. If we play with passion and people see it, it can help them to forget about their problems.

"No matter what happens on Saturday, we have to use what we’ve built to take us forward in the next six or seven years."