Rassie Erasmus explains SA Rugby's contract overhaul
South African rugby announced last week that there would be a radical overhaul to the contracting system in place, as they look to build a succession plan going forward. With a number of players leaving the country every year to play in overseas leagues, amongst the changes SA Rugby has decided to scrap the rule that stipulates players overseas must have earned 30 or more caps, while the plan is also to contract a larger group of players, rather than just a small high profile group. Springbok rugby coach Rassie Erasmus says they needed to overhaul the current system. Erasmus explains that it is impossible to compete with the money available overseas, so they need to spread their budget. Erasmus says he and his fellow selectors will be identifying the players needed to be contracted, using a ranking system for each position. Meanwhile Erasmus also explains why SA Rugby are going to enforce Regulation 9, which deal with how often club players must be released for international duty. Erasmus says that international clubs will now know before they sign a South African player where they stand with SA Rugby.