Heinz Schenk
2 minute read
25 Jan 2020
6:20 am

New Bok coach is in synergy with Rassie Erasmus

Heinz Schenk

It’s simple: Nienaber’s appointment allows SA Rugby to gain the most out of Erasmus, who’s now merely its director of rugby.

Heinz Schenk.

Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber have become inseparable as a professional duo. Everywhere Erasmus goes, you’ll find his defensive guru with him. It’s easy then to label SA Rugby’s decision to appoint Nienaber as the new Springbok coach as a job for a pal. Admittedly, it’s a one for a very competent pal. Nonetheless, the appointment does feel a bit weird. Nienaber is a qualified physiotherapist who just relentlessly added to his coaching repertoire and is now regarded as one of the ultimate authorities on defence. But he didn’t play professional rugby and hasn’t ever held a coaching position higher...