Rassie Erasmus

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New Zealand’s Sam Whitelock on the charge during the 2019 Rugby Championship draw with South Africa  in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

For two tournaments in the 1990s the World Cup opened with the sound of thunder. The meeting of the hosts and the holders was becoming a tradition whe(...)

 South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus is delighted with the Springboks’  preparations for the World Cup. Photograph: Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his side’s fate at the Rugby World Cup in Japan could be decided by fine margins such as the bounce of a ba(...)

South Africa winger S’busiso Nkosi leaps with the ball before scoring a try during the Test match against  Argentina at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa 24 Argentina 18 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was delighted to get 50 minutes from regular skipper Siya Kolisi in Saturday’s 24-18 R(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton dejected after defeat in Cardiff. ‘The frustrations are real. You can see it on senior players’ faces.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doubt has forever been the nemesis of confidence. Steve Hansen’s comment from November came into my mind last Saturday in Cardiff. Steve was very ser(...)

Munster have a lot to improve on to reach perfection, says coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Perfection is the standard. That’s what the IRFU place lightly upon Johann van Graan’s young shoulders. Blame Joe Schmidt and Rassie Erasmus for the (...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I am aghast that people are turning on New Zealand because they are, to me, still the best team in the world.” Photograph: Getty Images

A week after Rassie Erasmus’s final match in charge of Munster last year, South Africa played Ireland in Dublin and suffered their record defeat by a (...)

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus during a team training session at Latymer Lower School, England, on October 29th. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

There are a few words you might choose to use about England’s pack before you land on the one South Africa’s Warren Whiteley settled on. “Nice” was wh(...)

South Africa head coach  Rassie Erasmus will try some of his less experienced players in the opening autumn international against England at Twickenham. Photograph:    Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus is unsure what to expect from England as he prepares to field a relatively inexperienced side in the opening Test o(...)

 Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

Springbok head caoch Rassie Erasmus has named his team to take on New Zealand. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus may have been exaggerating when he said defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday could have him fired but the comments u(...)

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