Swys de Bruin has stepped down from his position as the Springboks’ attack consultant a month before the World Cup.
SA Rugby has confirmed that De Bruin advised the Springbok management on Tuesday that he wished to be released from his role due to personal and medical reasons.
Rassie Erasmus, in his capacity as Bok coach and SA Rugby’s director of rugby, thanked De Bruin for all he has done for the national team in the last year.
‘Swys made a great contribution to the squad in his time with us and I’d like to thank him on behalf of his fellow management and the players he has worked with in the past 12 months,’ said Erasmus.
‘He brought a fresh perspective to one facet of the game and he’ll be hard to replace. I’d also like to thank the Lions for releasing him to us and SA Rugby for supporting his appointment.’
De Bruin left the squad following the draw with New Zealand and has not been involved in the preparations for the match in Salta or this weekend’s Test against Argentina at Loftus.
Erasmus said he would consider a number of options before naming a specialist replacement coach on a short-term basis.
‘This was not something we were expecting but our planning has been thorough and it’s something we can manage.’
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