South African rugby union director, the Springbok coach, and also a former famous international rugby player.
Rassie Erasmus is best known for his contributions in the rugby world, especially in South Africa. Born as Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus on 5 November 1972, the star is the South African rugby union director, the Springbok coach, and also a former famous international rugby player. Rassie also served as the former Director of Rugby of Irish provincial side Munster, after previously serving as the General Manager: High Performance Teams for South African Rugby Union. Erasmus became the South African national team’s head coach from 2018, where he doubled up as the first SARU Director of Rugby, an appointment that came towards the close of 2017.
The task of seeing Springboks rise to become world-beaters was an uphill one, but with Rassie winning the PRO12 tournament coach of the year with Munster, he was deemed the man fit enough for the job. His tenure is set to run up to the 2023 Rugby World Cup. He took over the national coaching duties from the outgoing coach Allister Coetzee who had been with the team for two years before his exit. During his appointment, three assistant coaches that would work with him include Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers, and Mzwandile Stick were mentioned, with Aled Walters joining the management team as the head of the athletic performance. Bringing in other old workers for the team were Charles Wessels who would be the head of operations and Rene Naylor serving as the physiotherapist. The two come in with a wealth of experience seeing that they both were around for Springboks during the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup tournaments.