Springboks look to scoop up former All Black into coaching staff

Springboks look to scoop up former All Black into coaching staff

According to reports, the Springboks are set to sign former All Blacks flyhalf Tony Brown as an attack coach – and if they get this right, it will be a huge boost for the South Africans.

Another former international player, Jerry Flannery, is also in line to join Rassie Erasmus’ staff.

The former Ireland hooker was a 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam winner — he won 41 Test caps between 2005 and 2011 — before starting his coaching career under Erasmus at Munster.

A top priority for the Boks as they start a new four-year cycle is to grow their attacking game, and in the innovative Brown they would have one of the best proponents of the art of attack.

Experience dating back to playing days

As a player, Brown was a tricky customer with the ball in hand in nearly 200 games for the Highlanders and Otago, and in 18 Tests for his country (1999-2001).

In 2006, he played a season of Super 14 rugby for the Sharks and transformed their backline play.

But the 49-year-old has made an even bigger mark as a coach.

He has done wonders with limited resources at the Highlanders in Super Rugby, and as assistant coach of Japan he was part of famous World Cup wins over Scotland and Ireland in 2019.

In 2019, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson did his best to get Brown to join him, but Brown was contracted to Japan.

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