SA Rugby have confirmed the appointment of Rassie Erasmus as the Springboks head coach until 2027. He returns to the role for the next four years, following the departure of Jacques Nienaber to Leinster.

He has been Director of Rugby for four years now and is credited with back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles of 2019 and 2023. 

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Former Ireland hooker and Harlequins assistant coach Jerry Flannery will take charge of the team’s defence. Former All Black flyhalf Tony Brown will focus on attack.

The duo will complete the Springbok coaching team which consists of Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids and Daan Human, as well as Andy Edwards as Head of Athletic Performance, who were key coaching staff in 2023 and whose contracts were extended midway through 2023 until the conclusion of the 2027 World Cup in Australia. Jaco Peyper join the team as National Laws Advisor.

Double RWC-winning Springbok eighthman, Duane Vermeulen, has also been appointed to a roving coaching role with all SA Rugby’s national teams. He will become the third member of a mobi-coaching unit, joining forces with existing coaches, Franzel September and Bafana Nhleko.

SA Rugby have confirmed the appointment of Rassie Erasmus as the Springboks head coach
Springboks assistant coach Mzwandile Stick


Erasmus, who is recuperating from medical procedures after a freak accident, said he was thankful for the trust placed in him by SA Rugby’s leadership to steer the national team once again. He was equally thrilled about the new appointments.

“It is a massive honour to coach the Springboks, and I am grateful for the trust placed in me,” said Erasmus.

“The main difference between the last four years and this season is that I will be more hands-on at the field sessions.

“In my role as Director of Rugby in the last four years I continued to oversee the team structures and strategy in conjunction with Jacques and the other coaches. So it should be an easy transition back into the head coach role.

“We already had our first coaching session this week at the hospital. It’s great to see the enthusiasm among the coaches to get the season underway.”

Springbok coaching team:

Rassie Erasmus – Head coach

Mzwandile Stick – Assistant coach

Deon Davids – Assistant coach

Daan Human – Assistant coach

Tony Brown – Assistant coach

Jerry Flannery – Assistant coach

Andy Edwards – Head of Athletic Performance


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