Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global

Former Test centres on why Tony Brown will fit in well with the Springboks

Former Test centres Jean de Villiers and Brad Barritt believe Tony Brown could make a big impact as an assistant coach of the world champion Springboks.

Following the departure of a number of coaching staff from the Springbok setup after winning the world cup in France, there has been plenty of speculation about who will take them forward to Australia in 2027.


The panel on the latest episode of Boks Office have chimed in, discussing who they think will be involved and what they will bring to the role.

Earlier this week it was revealed that former All Black and Highlanders legend Tony Brown will likely be joining Rassie Erasmus as an assistant coach, with it reportedly already a ‘done deal’.

Video Spacer

Siya Kolisi on how he can’t stop laughing at Haskell and Marler | RPTV

The Springbok captain chatted to Jim Hamilton about all things RWC 2023 and how the Joe Marler trash talk never stops. Watch the insightful 36-minute interview only on RugbyPass TV

Watch now

Video Spacer

Siya Kolisi on how he can’t stop laughing at Haskell and Marler | RPTV

The Springbok captain chatted to Jim Hamilton about all things RWC 2023 and how the Joe Marler trash talk never stops. Watch the insightful 36-minute interview only on RugbyPass TV

Watch now

Brown, assistant coach of Japan at two World Cups, will join as an attack coach as Erasmus rebuilds after the departures of Jacques Nienaber to Leinster and Felix Jones to England.

“What an acquisition that would be. He was amazing,” said former England, Saracens and Natal Sharks back, Brad Barritt.

“The guy to learn from… To date probably the best pass I’ve ever seen. It was just on a sixpence every single time. That’s an amazing coup.”

Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, who played alongside Brown when he was at the Stormers in 2008, believes that he brings a significant amount of knowledge and experience to the table.


“If the Boks get that right… If you think, Tony Brown started in the mid-nineties playing Super Rugby and international rugby, went all the way though and finished at about 2010,” says de Villiers.

“Then he went straight into coaching, coached in Japan, coached the Highlanders, coached throughout the world… So he’s got 35 years of IP and experience at the highest level of rugby that he can fall back on and now bring that to the Boks.”

Any potential concerns about how, as a New Zealander, Brown would fit into the South African setup were quickly quashed.

“He played for the Stormers in 2008. Can you remember who the coach was? Rassie Erasmus.”

Former Ireland and Munster hooker Jerry Flannery has also been linked with the Springboks post Rugby World Cup 2023. He worked as scrum coach under Erasmus at Munster before going to Harlequins.


The Boks Office guys also discuss, amongst other things, which rugby players would make good MMA fighters, how Finn Russell is more important than Gregor Townsend, mental health and the new Whistleblowers documentary, and how Ireland will cope without Johnny Sexton in this year’s Six Nations.

You can watch the full episode of Boks Office for free now on Rugbypass.TV 



Join free



Trending on RugbyPass


John 142 days ago

Tony in RSA to recruit Pacific Islanders to the boks…mana

Bob Marler 143 days ago

TBs international coaching credentials are better than Razors even. If you think about it.

2024 is going to be a CRACKER!

Silk 143 days ago

Very sharp from Rassie to get him. Big acquisition for the Boks. Imagine what he will do with all those talented backs. He will bring so much to Pollard’s game.
Can't wait.

Load More Comments

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Sign up for free

Latest Features

Comments on RugbyPass

Turlough 3 hours ago
'Let them keep talking' - Mike Catt claps back over Bok remarks

“You want that – not hatred – but whatever it is that stirs it all up. It’s good.” Agree with this. If you can put a common motivating idea in all your players heads during a game it can produce a real Team perfromance. Erasmus is pretty expert at this. It is quite clear that the comments by Etzebeth, Allende and others were not coincidence and were actioned to create animoisty before the series in order to galvanise the South African mind set. While I understand it, I don’t like it. They result in unnessary vitriol between supporters and for what? I don’t think any of the SA players seriously believe any of these claims and with Ireland ignoring them Erasmus won’t get the escalation he seeks. The vitriol shown by some SA and indeed NZ supporters is extremely weird for NH supporters (OK, maybe England have felt it) but it just feels very odd over a sport. Ireland were more or less sh1t for the first 100 years of their rugby, they have improved significantly in the last 25 to be in a position around now (it may not last) to go into a match with the big guns with a real shot of winning. The reaction to this from some SH supporters has been bizarre with conspiracy theories of ‘Arrogance’ fueling abuse from supporters and even NZ players to Irish crowds during the world cup. I love International rugby and the comraderie between supporters. I genuinely dread and dislike the atmosphere around games with the southern giants. They take this very personally. NH teams: play them, try and beat them, enjoy the craic with their players and supporters and wish them well. SH teams wish them well and they call you arrogant in the press months later. Its just a matter of try and beat them and then good riddance til the next time.

5 Go to comments
TRENDING 'I thought he was outstanding... exceptional': Warren Gatland singles out Wales star 'I thought he was outstanding... exceptional': Gatland hails star