SA Rugby have announced that three current Springbok assistant coaches have signed contract extensions for another four years. The coaches are Mzwandile Stick, Deon Davids and Daan Human, as well as Head of Athletic Performance, Andy Edwards. This will see them remain with the team until the conclusion of the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

They will continue in their roles under the guidance of SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. His services are tied in until the end of the 2025 season at least.

TWO SPRINGBOK COACHES LEAVING 

Two members of the coaching team – Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and assistant coach Felix Jones – have advised that they are taking up offers with England and Leinster respectively after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“We are delighted to announce that Mzwandile, Deon, Daan and Andy have signed contract extensions that will see them remain with the Springboks until the 2027 Rugby World Cup,” said Rian Oberholzer, SA Rugby CEO.

Springbok coaches renew contracts for four years
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will leave his role after the World Cup

“They all come a long way as a coaching team under the guidance of Rassie, as Director of Rugby, and I am confident that the continuity in our coaching staff will bode well for the Springboks for 2023 and the following seasons.

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“It was our ambition to retain all the current coaching staff in recognition of the excellent work they have done over the past six years regardless of the outcomes of the Rugby World Cup later this year, and we are pleased that most of them have agreed to continue with the team.

“The planning to confirm a successor in the title role of Springbok coach remains ongoing in the background. Rassie’s services are tied down to the end of 2025 at the very least.

“With their services secured, it is business as usual. We would like to wish all the national coaches the best of luck as their preparations pick up for the forthcoming international season and the Rugby World Cup in France.”

The Springboks will face Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, 8 July. In their first Test of the season in the abbreviated Castle Lager Rugby Championship. It will be followed by matches against New Zealand at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland a week later. Argentina will follow in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July.

Utility back Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu will travel to Bristol in England on Sunday with South Africa ‘A’ head coach Mzwandile Stick. Feinberg-Mngomezulu is a backline cover for their clash against the Bristol Bears on Thursday at Ashton Gate. This follows the news that utility back Aphelele Fassi has been ruled out due to injury.

Fassi suffered an ankle injury in the team’s 28-14 defeat against Munster last Thursday. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, prompting Stick to call up Feinberg-Mngomezulu.

FEINBERG-MNGOMEZULU GAINS EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOKS

The talented former Junior Springbok captain spent the last two weeks with the Springboks as they faced Ireland in Dublin and France in Marseille. He will undoubtedly want to transfer the knowledge and experienced gained in the SA ‘A’ team.

“It is unfortunate for us to lose Aphelele, who we have worked with before. He knows our structures well for a game that we have placed huge significance on to bounce back from our defeat against Munster,” said Stick.

“This tour served as a fantastic opportunity for him to get top-level game time and to show us that he has the abilities to put his name in the hat for a place in the Rugby World Cup squad next year, and we share in his disappointed to lose out on this chance.

“We are, however, delighted to call up a talented young player in Sacha, who has really impressed the Bok coaches with his skills, high work rate and keenness to learn in the national team environment, and we know he will bring that to the SA ‘A’ team.

“This will also allow us the opportunity to give Sacha valuable game time. Since he has not played in the last two Tests, and to get a taste of playing in front of a sold-out crowd. He’s a bright prospect for the future, and we are excited to see what he can do on the field.”

SA ‘A’ READY FOR BRISTOL BATTLE

The Springbok assistant coach arrived in France on Friday. This is after making the journey from Cork to Toulon for the Test against the Rugby World Cup hosts, and will head to Bristol on Sunday. The SA ‘A’ team have already began preparations for Thursday’s match.

Stick, who will announce the SA ‘A’ team for the Bristol clash on Monday, will then travel to Genoa at the conclusion of the match with selected players for the Springboks’ third Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Test against Italy.