South African Rugby Union name Heyneke Meyer's management team

16 Apr 2012
South African Rugby Union name Heyneke Meyer's management team

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) have named new coach Heyneke Meyer's management team.

Rassie Erasmus (High Performance Manager) and former Bull coaches Johan van Graan (forwards), Richardo Loubscher (backs), Basil Carzils (fitness), John McFarland (defence) have been confirmed as Meyer’s assistants.

Neil du Plessis (fitness), Peter de Villiers (scrum) and Louis Koen (kicking) will be 'consultants'.

It is believed that the Blue Bulls company were compansated for the release of four of their back room team, although SARU did not reveal how much - reported to be in the realm of a couple of million rand - was paid to the Pretoria based union.

The Springboks welcome England during the June test series - while Super Rugby takes a month hiatus - first playing the Six Nations runners-up in Durban on June 9, before the second and third tests shift to Ellis Park and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

South Africa plays Argentina in Newlands Stadium on August 18 to kick off the first match for the Pumas into The Rugby Championship.  They travel away before returning home in late September to play the Wallabies and All Blacks.

New Springboks management team

Heyneke Meyer - Springboks head coach

Rassie Erasmus - General Manager (High Performance teams)

This role doubles as Springboks senior assistant while they are in camp

Likely (TBC)

Johann van Graan - forward's coach
Ricardo Loubscher - backline coach
John McFarland - defence coach
Basil Carzis - conditioning coach

Others (TBC)

Niel du Plessis - Toyota Cheetahs conditioning coach ,
Louis Koen - former Springbok flyhalf and Paarl Gymnasium Director of Sport
Ian Schwartz - High performance manager of the Blues Bulls

Springboks medical team (reappointments)

Dr Craig Roberts (team doctor)
Vivian Verwant (physiotherapist)
Daliah Hurwitz (masseuse)

Springboks management team

Charles Wessels (Operational Head)
Annelee Murray (PR and Admin Manager)
JJ Fredericks (Logistics)
Albé Visser (Technical Analyst)
De Jongh Borchardt (Communications Manager).
 
Brief CV – Rassie Erasmus

Date of birth: 5 November 1972

Springbok Tests: 36 (Won 27, Lost 9, scored 7 tries). One Test as captain, v Australia in Brisbane (1999); Tri-Nations winner (1998), Rugby World Cup bronze medal (1999), member of record-setting Springbok team that won 17 consecutive Tests (played in all but two of these matches).
 
Springbok Debut: 5 July 1997 v British & Irish Lions in Johannesburg, Springboks won 35-16.
 
Provincial Career: Free State Cheetahs (1994-1998, 2001-2004) – 117 matches; Golden Lions (1999-2000) – 7 matches; Cats (1998-2001) – 46 matches; Stormers (2003) – 4 matches.
 
First-class Record: 214 matches, 58 tries, 2 conversions (294 points).

Coaching Positions: Free State Cheetahs 2005-2007 (Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby); Western Province and Stormers (2007-2011); Springbok Technical Analyst (Rugby World Cup 2011).
 
Major Coaching Accolades: Absa Currie Cup champions with Toyota Free State Cheetahs (2005 and 2007, shared in 2006) and runners-up with DHL Western Province (2010); Vodacom Super Rugby runners-up (2010) and SA Conference winners (2011) with DHL Stormers.