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The South African Reaction To Losing Erasmus Should Make Good Reading For Munster Fans

The South African Reaction To Losing Erasmus Should Make Good Reading For Munster Fans
By Conor O'Leary
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Whatever about the Munster handling of the appointment of Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus as their new director of rugby, but there is no doubt that they have hired a man with a fantastic CV and a rugby brain.

It's always interesting to see the reaction of fans and media who know more about an appointment to gauge how big an appointment this could be for Munster. Of course, the people of South Africa were more interested in the bombshell that came down from their government, but there was still some people mourning the departure of Erasmus. The overwhelming reaction from Rasmus' homeland in South Africa is that they have lost a talented coach.


The SARU statement started the initial sense of loss to South African rugby, saying how difficult it will be to replace someone like Erasmus:

It will be difficult to replace Rassie, but we’ll make an appointment in due course. The Rugby Department is functioning extremely well with experts at all levels ensuring the department runs smoothly on a daily basis.

Hopefully this will not be the end of Rassie’s contribution to rugby in South Africa. He’s done so much, as a player, team manager and coach for various teams in South Africa, and in the last four years at SA Rugby. We’d like to wish him well for his future endeavours

The Times in South Africa had a feature on Erasmus leaving, titled "Rassie is a loss, but don't panic", written by the charismatic former coach Brendan Venter. In the article, Venter described Erasmus as a tactically sound coach who is extremely hard-working:

Losing his intellectual capital may prove a significant blow to SA rugby because, quite frankly, we don't possess sufficient senior coaches that have done time within our system.

Venter wasn't alone in his reaction, with several fans and journalists alike taking to twitter to have their say.

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