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Friday 17 November 2017

Erasmus will wait for new Munster coach

Rassie Erasmus. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Rassie Erasmus. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

If Joe Schmidt was given the option of becoming New Zealand's head coach today, would he take it? Would new Connacht head coach Kieran Keane?

The decision of Rassie Erasmus to leave Munster for his home country is understandable.

"Listen, there is nothing pushing me away from Munster. There is only something pulling me to South Africa," he said.

The problem comes in the sequence of events that led to Erasmus's exit.

The speculation, the denials, the commitment to Munster and, finally, the about-turn.

For all of that, Erasmus has given a commitment to stay until Munster have found his replacement.

"There is not a specific timeline. It's when Munster are in good hands," he said.

"When the club is fine, I will go. I cannot just leave the club on a date when it suits me. "

Erasmus has offered to assist the new coach's transition.

"Some guys would want me to go immediately, some coaches would say, 'why are you still here, man? I'm now the coach'.

"Some guys would say, 'listen, can you hang around for two or three weeks and give us a proper hand-over'."

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