De Bruin steps back from Boks but systems in place

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First five-eighths Elton Jantjies, who plays under de Bruin for the Lions, said his sudden decision was a massive loss.

De Bruin asked to be released from his duties for personal reasons.

Jantjies told timeslive.co.za that de Bruin had played a big role already in the side's preparation for Japan.

"For me personally, he set the foundation and the attacking system and everybody knows what they have to do.

"The biggest thing for me was to see how everybody responded so quickly at the training camps.

"We have the same fundamentals of the attack and we know how we want to attack, how we want to cover space and how we attack in general," he said.

"We had a lot of time with coach Swys, even though he has now left. But we are all able to speak the same language, so he did enough.

"And believe me if you ask the players what they think of the attack, they are happy and we can actually speak the same language.

"He did enough but I can't comment on any other thing because it is personal, he has our support and we are definitely going to do something special for him at the World Cup.

"He played a big role in terms of our preparation."

Jantjies said he had been under de Bruin's coaching influence at the Lions for four years and they were closely aligned in the way they looked at the game.

"We have had different coaches during this period but this group has been together for about three to four years. As individuals we have come a long way.

"We get along very well and we want to achieve the same thing.

"We try to get better every single week.

"We are working very well from an attacking and defensive point of view. Everybody is aligned in terms of that technical stuff. It makes a massive difference when players know their roles.

"Coach Rassie and the technical team have a lot of experience at this level.

"The amount of knowledge they have, and the amount of knowledge [the playing leadership] group have, it goes hand-in-hand.

"Everybody knows what to do on the field. We work hard in training and then on Saturday, we are well prepared. The bodies are fresh, and we are all good to go," he said.

"We have our own opinions and hopefully we get to one common goal.

"We are all aligned and everyone gives their own inputs," he said.