Erasmus defends Taute re-signing

Date published: December 30 2016

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus has denied that his side are getting special treatment from the IRFU after seeming to re-sign South African centre Jaco Taute.

Taute’s contract ends after Munster’s game with Connacht this weekend but it seems as though that the club might have secured the services of Taute for an extended period.

The situation lends itself to controversy though as earlier in the year Ulster stalwart and South African-born scrum-half Ruan Pienaar was disallowed from staying at the club in order to provide opportunities for Irish players to gain exposure.

Erasmus said that it would be ‘stupid’ for him to comment as he has only coached in Ireland for four months but that they needed injury cover and Taute provides that.

“Well, I’m not sure what the other provinces’ cases were,” Erasmus told the Irish Times.

“Our one is a simple one. We got an injury, we got a stand-in and now we’ve got some more injuries so that’s how our one has been presented. I think it’s a very valid reason to try and do that. I can’t comment on the other guys.

“I wouldn’t know the other specific cases and how it’s being treated. I wouldn’t know exactly what’s going on. It’s for us, injury cover, which we’ve used and now we have some more injuries in the back three,” Erasmus explained.

“It would be very stupid for me to comment on what the other guys do because I’ve only been here for four months. I’m not sure what the other issues are. And, as I say, we still have to sort out a few things before that’s a definite.”