Springbok scrum coach Matt Proudfoot has been linked with a move to Eddie Jones’ England camp with his contract with SA Rugby now expired.
Afrikaans newspaper Rapport on Sunday claimed that three independent sources have confirmed Proudfoot will link up with Jones.
The former Scotland international was the only member of Allister Coetzee’s coaching staff that survived the former Bok coach’s axing thanks to an iron-clad contract.
Despite not being Rassie Erasmus’ first choice for the position it is hard to argue with the results Proudfoot achieved; the Springboks scrum was dominant at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Eddie Jones starts again with England
England have put their faith in Eddie Jones after the Australian took the team to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. Jones still has his doubters, especially among the British rugby press, but the Union believe he is the man to take the team to France 2023.
The Roses scrum coach Neal Hatley left his role after the Rugby World Cup returning to Premiership club Bath and forwards coach Steve Borthwick is understood to be joining the Leicester Tigers after the 2020 Six Nations.
Jones’ right-hand man John Mitchell is the only member of the 2019 Rugby World Cup backroom staff who will be staying on with the team.
Davids to come into Springbok setup
Former Southern Kings coach Deon Davids looks set to miss out on the top Springbok job but is likely to replace Proudfoot as the scrum coach.
Reports suggest that defensive coach Jacques Nienaber will take over as head coach being very much a disciple of the Rassie Erasmus way.
The great coaching shakeup
There is normally a great deal of movement in terms of coaching appointments after a Rugby World Cup, but in 2019 several iconic coaches have moved on. Jones remains at England, but he sees rivals Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt depart as arguably the best coaches of Wales and Ireland in the modern era. New Zealand bid farewell to a very successful coach in Steve Hansen while Wallabies fans might be less sentimental about the departure of Michael Cheika.