Rassie remains a S14 Cheetah

Chairman of the Free State Rugby Union, Harold Verster, has confirmed that Rassie Erasmus, as far as the Super 14 goes, is not going anywhere.

Erasmus, who recently resigned as the Free State Cheetahs (the Currie Cup side) coach to take up a position on Jake White’s national coaching staff as a technical analyst, will be back next year to guide the Cheetahs through the 2008 Super 14.

“Rassie never resigned from the Super 14 as such. His Springbok contract is only until the end of the World Cup and he will return to coach the Super 14 side next year,” Verster told Rugby365.

“Naka Drotske, as reported earlier, is the appointed Currie Cup coach and will likely coach the Cheetahs in next year’s Currie Cup too.

“Rassie has decided that he would like to take a break during next year’s Currie Cup.”

The appointment of Naka Drotske as the Currie Cup coach has also meant the departure of another of the coaching staff.

Franco Smith, who was also in the running for the job, has, as a result of losing out to Naka Drotske, decided to take a coaching job in Italy.

“It was a career call for Franco and there are no sour grapes, he is a wonderful man, and perhaps it was just best to part ways at this stage.

“As a result we are busy looking for a new backline coach,” said Verster.

The Cheetahs have always struggled to retain the prodigious talent they produce in Bloemfontein, but Verster assures that the current squad are there to stay.

“We are well-positioned in terms of squad contracts. There are one or two players who are likely to leave, but they are not players we can’t afford to lose.

“Most of the squad have re-signed for either another year or another two years.

“We are also on the verge of signing a few players for next year’s season too.”

By Chris Waldburger 365 Digital

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