Pressure mounts on Bok coach Erasmus
Facing the world’s best rugby side away from home could not have come at a worse time
Increasingly pressured Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has admitted that a heavy defeat to New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday could put his job on the line. Speaking after the Boks’ arrival in Wellington on Monday before the showdown against the All Blacks‚ Erasmus said that the pressure would mount on him if his charges perform poorly against a side that has lost just one Test match at home since 2009. Erasmus signed a six-year contract as Bok coach at the beginning of 2018 and it is supposed to carry him through two World Cups. But given that the Boks take on the all-conquering All Blacks after defeats to Argentina and Australia‚ the SA coach is well aware there is much unhappiness at home. Facing the world’s best rugby side away from home could not have come at a worse time for Erasmus as South Africans will remember the Boks suffered a record 57-0 drubbing the last time they were in New Zealand. “Maybe I will not be fired immediately but pressure will definitely mount‚” Erasm...