Rassie Erasmus

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 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and  captain Siya Kolisi after victory over England  in the World Cup  final  at the International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan.Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

By the end of the 2019 World Cup, all felt right in the rugby world. This feel-good tournament had the ultimate feel-good story; a head coach free of (...)

(From L to R) South Africa’s Siya Kolisi, Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bongi Mbonambi and  Frans Malherbe line up before the quarter-final win over Japan. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Bongi Mbonambi believes South Africa’s rapid rise under Rassie Erasmus from laughing stock to World Cup contenders is down to the coach’s willingness (...)

Bundee Aki tackles Samoa’s Ulupano Seuteni, for which he was later sent off. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Derek Hegarty, a solicitor and Partner in William Fry’s law firm, will represent Bundee Aki in the player’s impending disciplinary hearing after being(...)

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga run through drills during a New Zealand training session at the Arcs Urayasu Park  in Urayasu on Friday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Over the course of 2019 the magnitude of the task facing Ireland were they to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals has grown. Now, as it potential(...)

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus: ‘Apart from New Zealand, Ireland were the only other team who put a full 80 minutes out there of constructive, well planned, decisive, clinical rugby.’ Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Rassie Erasmus tried to play the game. There was a half-hearted attempt to paint South Africa’s next three fixtures at this World Cup, against Namibia(...)

 Iain Henderson was back to his formidable best during the victory over Scotland  in Yokohama.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Welcome back Ireland. Not that they ever really went away and the performances against Wales were pointers. But their opening game of the 2019 World C(...)

 New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett hands off  South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B  at the International Stadium Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly after 9pm Rassie Erasmus eased his long frame into a seat, absorbed the questions and calmly invited other nations, other contenders, to step (...)

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(...)

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