FIGHTER: Bok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot. Photo: TRAVIS ARENDSE

Springbok forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot wasn’t going to give up on his job that easily.

After being part of the coaching setup during the Allister Coetzee era, Proudfoot was replaced by Pieter de Villiers as forwards coach of the Boks when Rassie Erasmus took over.

That changed last weekend, when Saru announced that De Villiers was taking a step back because of “family commitments”.

But it is rumoured that there is more to the story than this.

SITTING OUT: Scrum guru Pieter de Villiers. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

Apparently an unwanted Proudfoot reminded his bosses that he still has a contract which runs out in 2019 and that he will continue to honour his contract.

An unnamed source tells the City Press: “He worked very hard to convey that message by turning up at the ­office every day and asking Rassie how he could help.

“I think they found that hard to deal with. Rassie didn’t know what to do with him.”

Before being re-appointed as the Bok forwards boss, Proudfoot apparently helped prep the Varsity Cup teams, while De Villiers was on tour helping out the Super Rugby teams.

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