Question: Who will coach the Springboks?

Mzwandile Stick, assistant coach of South Africa during the 2022 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa captain press conference at Palazzo Hotel, in Johannesburg on the 12 August 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Rugby fans in South Africa are debating who will replace Jacques Nienaber as the Springboks’ head coach. This debate arose after Nienaber informed the South African Rugby Union (Saru) that he would step down as head coach of the national rugby team after the Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted in France later this year.

Saru, who previously stated that a South African coach will be chosen, has already confirmed the coach’s departure. Nienaber took over for Rassie Erasmus, who led the Springboks to victory in the Rugby World Cup in Japan at the end of 2019. After serving as Rassie’s assistant coach with the national squad, he was promoted.

According to reports, Nienaber will travel to Europe to serve as the head coach of the Irish powerhouse Leinster, who compete in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Since Nienaber and Rassie worked together for a long time, many people were concerned by his departure. Although there is currently no information available, Rassie may also leave South Africa after the World Cup.

Rassie is given the task of choosing a new coach because he is the Saru director. Deon Davids and Mzwandile Stick are among those most likely to be given the opportunity. Both were assistant coaches under Rassie and Nienaber, who will be stepping down.

Although Davids and Stick are well-known in South African rugby, they lack top-level experience because they coached the Southern Kings of Gqeberha, which went into voluntary liquidation after competing in the Super Rugby and Pro14.

Coaches with notable experience include John Dobson of the DHL Stormers and Jake White of the Vodacom Blue Bulls. “My top priority right now is coaching the Stormers. But I would be very keen in helping the Springboks if the chance arose,” Dobson recently declared. Additionally, White stands a high possibility considering South Africa won the World Cup under his leadership.