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Rugby Union

Nienaber is Springboks' new head coach

24th January 2020, 17:36 by Aidan Perkins

Jacques Nienaber says it's "business as usual" after he was confirmed as world champions South Africa's new head coach.

Nienaber has been promoted into the top role after serving as an assistant to Rassie Erasmus as the defence coach in the Springboks' set-up when they won the World Cup last year.

The 47-year-old will still work underneath Erasmus, who is now the Springboks' Director of Rugby, and he says continuity will be key in the new set-up as they look to build on their success from Japan.

Nienaber said: "This is a massive honour and responsibility, but I think I have a good understanding of what it entails, especially in this new structure.

"I've worked with Rassie in a coaching capacity for nearly two decades now and we have a very good idea of how each of us thinks and as I'll still be reporting to him our working relationship won't be changing.

"It's a big step-up for me in terms of carrying the day-to-day leadership role and there'll be other adjustments but in many ways it will also be business as usual. We've built up a good culture over the past two years and we'll simply be looking to extend that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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