A report coming out of South Africa this Friday suggests that outgoing Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus could be leaving the province a lot sooner than initially thought.
The SA Rugby Magazine are reporting that Erasmus will leave the Irish province on October 31 – and take up his new role with the South African national team on November 1.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Johann van Graan will be the province’s new head coach – meaning Erasmus can leave his role with Munster two months earlier than expected.
This will free up Erasmus to be involved with the South Africa set-up when the Springboks take on Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on November 11.
From there, South Africa will also take on France (November 18) and Italy (November 25) before rounding off their tour at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff when they face Wales on December 2.
Before that however, Erasmus has the task of guiding Munster through the opening two rounds of the European Rugby Champions Cup. On Sunday, Munster take on Castres in France before Racing come to Thomond Park on October 21.
Should Erasmus leave on October 31, his last game will be the PRO14 clash away to Connacht.