JOHANNESBURG – Rassie Erasmus has said he will have a “good think” about the now vacant role of attack consultant in the Springbok team following the shock resignation from the position by Swys de Bruin yesterday.
The regular Lions head coach stood down from his Bok position just a month out from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, citing “medical and personal reasons” and confirmed to The Star “his tank was empty”.
De Bruin had filled the role of attack specialist since last year and had been given special leave by his regular employers, the Lions, to work alongside Erasmus in the Springbok team. De Bruin also temporarily left his Lions position in April, while the team were on tour in New Zealand, because of stress and pressure.
Erasmus said it was “unfortunate” that De Bruin could not continue in his role with the Bok team, especially as it is so close to the World Cup.
“It’s an unfortunate one,” said Erasmus yesterday, just days out from the Boks’ last home Test before boarding the plane to Japan. They take on Argentina in what is being called the Farewell Test in Pretoria in Saturday.