Rassie Erasmus: Sharks' struggles won't have major influence on Bok selections

Rassie Erasmus: Sharks' struggles won't have major influence on Bok selections

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says the disappointing results of the Sharks this season will not have a major impact on his decision-making when it comes to selection for the Springboks.

That is because player fundamentals are more important to the Bok coach than franchise results.

It has been a horror season for the Sharks who are rooted to the bottom of the United Rugby Championship table with just one win from 11 games despite having a high-powered squad that features no less than eight Rugby World Cup winners.

John Plumtree insists the ship will turn as the team rebuilds their culture and Erasmus underlined that the Springboks are more concerned with what fundamentals a player can bring to the party.

"The way they are coached and what they do is what their current coaching staff and structures are trying to do with them," Erasmus told Sport24. "Some of them [the franchises] are successful, and some are not.

"I've been there, as a franchise coach, where I have tried a few things or have taken a specific angle and not been successful. We look at the fundamentals of the players and what they do on the field.

"We don't look at their tactical play because we can't have an influence on that. That is their coach's job. We know their performance when it comes to the fundamentals and, if they can do those fundamentals, then they can pretty much fit into our game plan.

"As a South African supporter, I would love them to do better, but as a Springbok coach, it doesn't have such a big influence."


The former director of rugby was also asked about the faltering Blitzboks and refused to lay blame on outgoing head coach Sandile Ngcobo, who opted to stand down from the role after a series of poor results on the SVNS circuit.

"When a South African team is not performing, it is not one person's fault. It is not the head coach's fault alone," he added.

"The sevens series was always in a window where you could borrow from Griquas or the Lions [or other SA unions], but now those teams are all playing while the sevens series is on.

"That is something that we have to overcome, so that there are 23 or 24 signed players, and that is what the new structure must try and sort out."

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