World Cup winning coach Erasmus added to Harlequins targets

World Cup winning ex-South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus added to Harlequins targets… while Worcester line-up Willi Heinz move

  • Harlequins are looking for a new boss after terminating Paul Gustard’s deal 
  • Rassie Erasmus has been added to the shortlist, with early discussions starting
  • Erasmus stepped down as South Africa boss after winning the 2019 World Cup 

Harlequins have added World Cup winner Rassie Erasmus to their shortlist for a new coach.

The club are looking for Paul Gustard’s successor after his contract was terminated last month.

It Is understood early, informal conversations have taken place with the Erasmus camp, although Quins will struggle to land the 48-year-old as he is under contract until 2023.

Rassie Erasmus has been added to the list of coaches Harlequins are considering for their role

They are searching for a new head coach after terminating the contract of boss Paul Gustard 

Erasmus stepped down as Springboks head coach after the 2019 World Cup triumph and took up a role as SARU director of rugby. In recent months, Quins have been working with Gareth Southgate’s close associate, Owen Eastwood, to carry out an internal review.

The club’s general manager Billy Millard yesterday told Quins Live: ‘A formal process starts in a couple of weeks. We get a lot of names coming forward but at the moment it’s just informal. 

‘We’re clear about the type of person we want and we look forward to getting into that in the next few weeks.’

Erasmum quit as South Africa coach after guiding the nation to World Cup success in 2019 

Meanwhile, Worcester are understood to be interested in signing Gloucester No 9 Willi Heinz.

France will undergo further Covid testing on Sunday in a bid to save next week’s game with Scotland.

Gabin Villiere and Mohamed Haouas returned positive tests yesterday, joining Antoine Dupont in isolation, and a revised list of 31 players will be named for the clash.

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