Erasmus, Habana land influential World Rugby roles

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SA Rugby director of rugby and Springbok great Bryan Habana have been named in World Rugby’s interim committees.

The two former Boks join a list of big names in the game in their respective committees, established to contribute to the organisation’s decision-making process.

Bok legends land World Rugby gigs

World Cup-winning coach Erasmus – who made over 30 appearances in the green and gold – is one of the coaching representatives in the new High-Performance 15s committees. At the same time, Habana joins the same committee as a player representative.

Other coaching representatives are ex-All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, England mentor Eddie Jones, as well as Fabien Galthié, Mario Ledesma, Gregor Townsend, Lesley McKenzie and David Nucifora, who represent France, Argentina, Scotland, Canada and Australia, respectively.

The player representatives have been included in the same committee as the medical representatives.

Habana joins ex-Wales centre Dr Jamie Roberts, Canada’s Dr Araba Chintoh, along with former All Black Conrad Smith and Women’s Rugby World Cup-winner Rachael Burford.

The record-breaking Bok winger said it was a privilege to be grouped among the game’s greats.

“The committee performs a very important strategic function, with an influential impact on key functions such as shaping the laws of the game, player welfare, and the global competition matters. “I am looking forward to working with the committee members as they continue to influence and improve the competitiveness of international rugby.”

Bryan Habana

Jones, whose England side were losing finalists in the recent Rugby World Cup, was also pleased to join the committee.

“I love rugby and think it’s important to give back to the game as I want to play a part in helping it to grow,” he said. “I am looking forward to working alongside the other coaches and players on the committee, sharing knowledge and ideas and contributing to a better game.”

Eddie Jones

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