Rassie denies being pushed out for White



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Despite strong rumours that former Springbok coach Jake White is being talked about as the next Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has denied rumours that he wants out of his Western Province contract and that he is on his way to join a rugby franchise in the Eastern Cape.

Erasmus said from Wellington, New Zealand, where his Stormers team are preparing for their fourth Super 14 tour game against the Hurricanes, Erasmus said he wanted to complete his three-year contract with WP.

“I am only a couple of months into my second season with WP.


“We have lost a few close games and I am unhappy about that, because I know we should be doing a lot better and we have not progressed as I would have liked, but that does not mean I am going to bail out,” Erasmus told the Cape Argus.


“As with all contracts, there will be an evaluation after the Super 14, not just of me, but of all aspects of the Stormers and where the Stormers are going.

“Obviously, if it is decided that I am not up to taking the Stormers to the top, then I will have to step aside.

“But if that is the case, I would be surprised. There are also still five games to go this season, and hopefully we can use those to finish on a high.”

Erasmus’s name has also been strongly linked with the Eastern Cape franchise who are hoping to be given Super 15 status.

Erasmus did however move from Bloemfontein to Cape Town so that he could pursue his dream of winning the Super 14.

“I do have to consider my options. I would be stupid if I didn’t. Every coach has to do that, just like every player has to.

“You need to keep your options open otherwise you get caught out if the province you are contracted to decides it doesn’t want you.”

Western Province have however come out and issued a statement in support of Erasmus.

“Recent media reports regarding Rassie Erasmus’ speculated move to the South Eastern Cape, and the reasons for the visits by Pat Kuhn (chairman WP Rugby  (Pty) Ltd) and Tobie Titus (president WPRFU) to New Zealand are incorrect.

“WP Rugby firmly supports Rassie Erasmus in his long term contract with Western Province/Stormers.”

Jake White who has not been involved in much rugby at all since winning the world cup and has made it known that he wants to start coaching again and that he wants to remain in Cape Town.

Highly placed sources have however denied that White is being engaged in negotiations to take over from Erasmus.

The Lions Rugby Union in Johannesburg are said to be chasing White as a high- profile replacement for current coach Loffie Eloff.

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