BACK FOR BOKS: Proudfoot. Photo: RYAN WILKISKY/BACKPAGEPIX

The South African Rugby Union is still hard at work assembling the perfect Springbok coaching staff for their first Test against Wales in the US in June.

And they were very active over the past weekend.

On Thursday, Saru confirmed that ex-Stormers forward boss Matthew Proudfoot will resume his role as Bok assistant after Pieter de Villiers stepped down because of “pressing family commitments”.

In a further shake-up, it was announced Lions boss Swys de Bruin will join the team as a consultant for the match against Wales and also for the visit from England later that month.

Rassie Erasmus, already a man with a lot of responsibility as head coach and Director of Rugby was also announced as one of the board members in the UK’s Pro14. He will be joined by Saru CEO Jurie Roux.

Of De Villiers taking a step back, Erasmus says: “After my discussions with Pieter, we jointly came to the conclusion that he would unfortunately not be able to give all his attention to the Springboks, which is fully understandable given his current family commitments.

CALLED UP: Lions ace Swys de Bruin.

“Matt [Proudfoot] has a good understanding and relationship with the group of players who represented the Springboks the past two seasons and slotted in easily.”

Of De Bruin’s inclusion in his coaching setup, Erasmus adds: “I’ve always said that we must improve our communication and cooperation with the local franchise coaches.

“They spend much more time with the players, so better cooperation with them can only be a benefit and should be an obvious thing.”

As head coach of the national team, it is important for Erasmus to spend as much time with his players as possible.

But he welcomed the status of board member in the Pro14, saying: “I had the privilege of coaching in the Pro14, and it found it to be very competitive and hugely popular.

“To serve on the Board will be a great honour.”

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