Springbok coach quits ahead of World Cup

South African Rugby have announced that Swys de Bruin has stepped down from his role as attack consultant to the Springboks, with just over a month to go until the World Cup.

De Bruin made the request for “personal and medical reasons” and wished the team every success for the global tournament.

The 59-year-old, who is also the Lions boss, joined the national set-up ahead of the 2018 June Tests and has helped oversee an improvement in the side.

However, the former Sharks academy coach left the Lions’ New Zealand tour earlier in the year due to a stress-related illness and has now decided to end his time at the Boks.

“Swys made a great contribution to the squad in his time with us and I’d like to thank him on behalf of his fellow management and the players he has worked with in the past 12 months,” said Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s director of rugby.

“He brought a fresh perspective to one facet of the game and he’ll be hard to replace. I’d also like to thank the Lions Company PTY for releasing him to us and SA Rugby for supporting his appointment.”

De Bruin left the squad following the draw with New Zealand and has not been involved in the preparations for the match in Salta or this weekend’s Test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld.

Erasmus added: “This was not something we were expecting but our planning has been thorough and it’s something we can manage.”