Rassie Erasmus' modified Springboks staff unveiled

SA Rugby has confirmed that Rassie Erasmus will return to the role of Springboks head coach, leading a modified coaching team that includes new additions Duane Vermeulen, Tony Brown, Jerry Flannery, and Jaco Peyper. Erasmus, who previously coached the Boks to Rugby World Cup victory in 2019 and was director of rugby for their subsequent triumph in 2023, will take charge again in the absence of former head coach Jacques Nienaber. The team has also lost attack coach Felix Jones, who has joined England's coaching staff. The coaching team will be further bolstered by the additions of Flannery and Brown, who will be responsible for defense and attack respectively.

They will join the existing coaching staff members, along with Peyper, who will serve as the national laws advisor. Vermeulen, a former player and double World Cup-winning number eight, has also been appointed to a roving coaching role with all of SA Rugby's national teams. SA Rugby President Mark Alexander expressed confidence that the new additions would bring value to the team, and Erasmus expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to coach the Springboks once again.

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