Jacques Nienaber’s name might not resonate with you, unless you take place to be a Munster advocate. It is partly to do with the pandemic. The 48-year-old from the Free State was designated Springboks head coach practically a year ago however the world champions have actually not played a single video game because time. His one public appearance was for the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw a few weeks back.

And it is partially because Nienaber (tension on the second syllable, if you are questioning) has invested most of his professional life, including an 18-month spell with Munster, in Rassie Erasmus’s shadow. They are a double act but Erasmus has always been front male.

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