IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A photograph snapped in Murrayfield of World Cup-winning Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has set the England coaching job rumour mill alight.
Erasmus was snapped in the stands and it was posted to Twitter by Telegraph journalist Charlie Morgan.
South Africa play Scotland this July in a two-match series and the argument could be made that the Erasmus was in town on a run of the mill reconnaissance mission. The series kicks off in Cape Town and culminates a week later at Jonsson Kings Park in Durban.
However, Rapport in South Africa are reporting that the coach is in the UK to discuss a possible move to takeover from incumbent England head coach Eddie Jones next year.
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Erasmus has already taken a back seat with the Springboks, with Jacques Nienaber taking over with the Springboks.
Jones’ contract also expires in 2021 and he and the RFU have remained coy about whether or not he will sign beyond that date.
Speaking earlier this month, Jones said: “I heard Pep Guardiola talking about whether he’s going to re-sign at Man City. It’s a bit like that.
“The players tell you whether you should continue or not and that’s what I’m looking it. The players will let me know.
“If the players play well and the team is going well, then maybe you should continue. If the team’s indifferent then maybe they need a change.
“The only reason I’m continuing is because I think this team can improve. Over the next period of time I think we can become the best rugby team ever and that’s the exciting bit.
“The RFU only want me to continue if they think I can improve the team. The contract is important from a legal point of view but they want to win and I want to win.”
It is also reported that there are clauses in Erasmus’ contract which could see him exit South Africa if certain conditions were met.
By Ian Cameron, @RugbyPass
Additional source: Rapport