sport news South Africa appoint Rassie Erasmus to as new head coach

Rassie Erasmus has been named as the new South Africa coach.

Former Munster rugby director Erasmus, who played in 36 Tests for the Springboks, succeeds Allister Coetzee.

Coetzee was dismissed last month following a run of poor results, and 45-year-old Erasmus will combine coaching duties with his role as SA Rugby's director of rugby.

Rassie Erasmus speaks after being presented as the new South Africa coach on Thursday

Rassie Erasmus speaks after being presented as the new South Africa coach on Thursday

Erasmus (centre) featured in 36 Tests for the Springboks between 1997 and 2001

Erasmus (centre) featured in 36 Tests for the Springboks between 1997 and 2001

Erasmus will head up the Springboks' management team until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, SA Rugby announced.

'The Springbok team is our flagship brand, and the on-field performances have a direct impact on the business of SA Rugby,' chief executive Jurie Roux told

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