Rugby: Erasmus ready to take the blame if South Africa's fortune sinks

CAPE TOWN: South African Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says the money will continue to stop with him despite the appointment of a Jacques Nienaber as the new coach of the world champions.

Erasmus led the Boks to the William Webb Ellis Trophy With a 32-12 victory over England in the final six months ago in Yokohama, but in January he returned full-time to his current position, elevating his former assistant Nienaber to the position of head coach.

However, the 47-year-old man maintains that he will still have an important contribution, and preserving the winning formula is his responsibility.

He (Nienaber) informs me and if it doesn't go well in the field, I should be the guy who also takes responsibility because I was one of the big drivers to get him there, said Erasmus in a podcast published by South African Rugby on Saturday.

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Erasmus added that Nienaber, with his knowledge of the team and of each individual player, stood out as the best candidate to lead the team when he was named in January.

He has been involved with all players at almost every level. And he's trained from the kicking game to defense, and many times last year, when he wasn't there, he ran certain sessions.

I have every confidence that you have the knowledge, experience and respect of the players.

Erasmus added that he was determined to build on the momentum gained from the World Cup win and create a dynasty of success, something that did not happen after his two previous wins.

If we take our foot off the pedal, if we start not playing as well, our record for wins falls and we're not doing as well with the transformation, then I feel like we'll be a failure again like after 1995 and 2007.

He is also confident the Boks will play tests in 2020, with their July fixtures against Scotland and Georgia unlikely to go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rugby Championship and November International series also under threat.

We are working very hard, especially with the teams we know will be playing this year, and they will definitely be the Springboks.

We are not sure what is going to happen with Super Rugby and the Springboks might not play all their test matches, but they will play.

Nienaber's first games in charge were two tests against Scotland and one against Georgia at home.