South Africa also looking for new national coach

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World champions South Africa are looking to replace Rassie Erasmus who has moved into the role of South Africa's director of rugby.


South Africa's Sunday Times reported at the weekend that heading the favouritism to succeed Erasmus is former Kings coach Deon Davids (pictured).


While neither confirming nor denying whether he had been in talks with SA Rugby for the role, Davids did say he felt the four years he spent with the Southern Kings had prepared him for anything rugby might throw at him in the future.


The newspaper said it understood Davids was in discussion with SA Rugby before the Rugby World Cup and the concentration had been on the Springbok team role.


Erasmus, in his role as director, would still be involved in the coaching of the Springboks in some capacity, especially during the British & Irish Lions tour in 2021.


But his main role would be on players' contractural arrangements and the Springboks' playbook.


Erasmus had already put systems in place that were expected to ensure a smooth path into the future.


Davids said he was happy with the blueprint established.


"Rassie has done a fantastic job. He has put good structures in place.


"There are a number of good things the team can build on. Rassie built relevant experience in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup. The team now has two more years to build ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour in 2021.


"Now it's about seeing who is available, what players need to be exposed to. We have a lot of talent here and we need to understand what needs to be done to advance the team," he said.


Also understood to be in the mix for the role is Jacques Nienaber, a long-time associate of Erasmus. He was the Springbok defence coach at the World Cup with the Springboks' line only being breached four times during the tournament.


It was expected Mzwandile Stick, who had also been part of the coaching group as attack coach, would be involved. His ability to work with Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi was regarded as a key asset.


It was also likely incumbent forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot would be part of the coaching group.


South Africa Rugby said they were not prepared to announce the coaching staff yet as the Springboks' trophy tour had delayed the ability to have a proper debrief on the Rugby World Cup.


President Mark Alexander said, "The coaching department will have to sit down and come up with a proposal that will have to be considered. They have been away for 22 weeks and we don't want to put undue pressure on them now.


"At the same time we need to get going. In the past we left things too late for too long," he said.


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