Rassie Erasmus: A List of the Enigmatic Coach’s Most Celebrated Moments of Inspiration

Rassie Erasmus: A List of the Enigmatic Coach’s Most Celebrated Moments of Inspiration

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at October 26, 2023 at 10:07 AM
  • Rassie Erasmus will be on the bench for his second consecutive Rugby World Cup final
  • Erasmus is the Springbok's Director of Rugby while Jacques Nienaber serves as the head coach
  • Erasmus has won admirers for his unique approach to coaching and eccentric expression of ideas

Destiny awaits two giants of the rugby world.

New Zealand's Ian Foster will be leaving his position after the final but the man in the other dugout is the one drawing all the attention.

Rassie Erasmus has deservedly earned a reputation for thinking well outside the box and using any means necessary to get his message across.

Rassie Erasmus, Rugby world cup final, New Zealand.
Rassie Erasmus has put all the chatter around his antics to one side and focused on the Springboks earning a fourth World Cup title. Photo: Dan Mullan.
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Here are a few of Rassie's most memorable antics.

1. Party at the Discotech

Perhaps the item most synonymous with Erasmus is the coloured lights that reappeared in the World Cup match with Scotland.

Jacques Nienaber claimed after the game that it was to communicate with the medical staff. As reported by The Independent, Nienaber said:

“If we talk on a radio, we talk tactics. If we also talk to medical people about injuries, it just consumes the channels.”

2. Rassie, The Waterboy

Wanting pitch-side access in order to influence matters in real time, Erasmus volunteered his service as a waterboy against the British and Irish Lions.

World Rugby were not impressed, immediately making a Rassie-specific clause in their rules.

As reported by News24, World Rugby stated that teams could have two water carriers but it 'cannot be a Director of Rugby or head coach'.

3. Coach on a hot tin roof

Back when Erasmus was crafting his coaching career at the Free State Cheetahs, he took to the roof of Bloemfontein's Vodacom Stadium

This was the first iteration of the lights but also featured cue cards. He became a permanent fixture above the ground, with the stadium even building him a shelter. As reported by News24 then, Erasmus said:

"The hut has been built for me because it gets damned hot up there. Now I can also sit up there when it rains. But it does not mean I'm going to do something new."

4. Social media mind games

Erasmus has been reported to have a habit of speaking his mind whenever the whim takes him.

He was given a two-match ban after he unleashed a lengthy video of him criticising English referee, Wayne Barnes, who happens to be the man taking charge of Saturday's final.

Rassie cares not for national allegiances, as he most recently took aim at his old coach, Nick Mallet regarding comments made on television.

5. Custom software

Erasmus is said to have designed his own coaching software to teach plays without the possibility of them being copied.

BBC Sport explains how a set move in the 2019 Rugby World Cup was devised in secret using this software.

The 7-1 split of forward and backs named by Erasmus and Nienaber is another uniquely Springbok innovation.

Erasmus is also known for dance moves and all Springboks fans will be hoping that there will be plenty to celebrate on the dancefloor come the final whistle.

Kolisi aiming for history

Sports Brief recently reported on Siya Kolisi's quest to become the second captain to win two World Cups.

New Zealand's Ritchie McCaw was the first when he led the All Blacks to victory in 2011 and 2015.

The road to the final hasn't been easy as the Springboks recorded one-point wins over France and England.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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