Wellington — Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot has leapt to the defence of beleaguered coach Rassie Erasmus and insisted they do not fear the axe. Erasmus has come under intense pressure after successive defeats to Argentina and Australia in the Rugby Championship and the coach conceded on Monday that his job would be on the line if the Boks suffer a humiliating defeat against New Zealand on Saturday. The Boks are no longer in the running to win the tournament, but a defiant Proudfoot said they will continue to build a strong and transformed squad for the 2019 World Cup even if it means losing their jobs. “Rassie’s planning is spot on‚” Proudfoot said on Tuesday. “We realise as coaches and management‚ and this is driven by Rassie himself‚ that we may be fired for individual losses. Then so be it. “We have started the process to develop an SA team that represents a united nation and this is what this is about. If he [Erasmus] is to be fired as the head coach or director of rug...

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