Jacques Nienaber was today named the new coach of the South Africa Rugby World Cup winning team, the Springboks. He takes over from Rassie Erasmus who led the Boks to 2019 Rugby World Cup victory.
Jacques Nienaber who was formally the Springboks assistant coach was promoted and will still be reporting directly to predecessor Rassie Erasmus who is now Director of Rugby in South Africa.
There were more appointments announced with Mzwandile Stick reappointed as an assistant coach, Deon Davids taking on the role as forwards coach and Daan Human appointed as scrum coach.
Felix Jones has now been redeployed under a new role as a European-based coaching consultant.
Erasmus went on to show his support for Jaques in his new role adding that given his experience and dedication to the team, he was the most suited candidtate to take on the mantle, going on to say the following:
“Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about,”
“Jacques will be responsible for the Test match preparation and day-to-day team operations but, as the director of rugby, I will be with the team for the majority of the time and in the coaches’ box with Jacques at matches.”
“I’ll still be responsible for the strategy and results with Jacques taking operational control. The structure allows the director of rugby to spend more time on other aspects of the role,”
Jacques accepted his new position with gratitude whilst understanding the responsibility that came with coaching the 2019 Rugby World Cup winning team, going on to say :
“I’ve worked with Rassie in a coaching capacity for nearly two decades now and we have a very good idea of how each of us thinks and as I’ll still be reporting to him our working relationship won’t be changing.
“It’s a big step-up for me in terms of carrying the day-to-day leadership role and there’ll be other adjustments but in many ways it will also be business as usual. We’ve built up a good culture over the past two years and we’ll simply be looking to extend that.”