Rassie Erasmus

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Rassie Erasmus
Birth name Johan Erasmus
Date of birth (1972-10-05) 5 October 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Despatch, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
University University of the Free State
Occupation(s) Director of Rugby, head coach
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Free State
Golden Lions
Free State
Correct as of 16 October 2007
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Free State
Correct as of 16 October 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997–2001 South Africa 36 (35)
Correct as of 16 October 2007
Teams coached
Years Team
South Africa

Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus (born 5 November 1972) is a South African rugby union coach and former player. He is the former Director of Rugby of Irish Pro14 side Munster, having previously been the General Manager: High Performance Teams of the South African Rugby Union. As of 2018, Erasmus is Director of Rugby and current Springboks coach at the South African Rugby Union as of 1 March 2018, the first time ever SARU have offered this position.

Erasmus played mainly as a flanker for South Africa at international level, for the Free State Cheetahs and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup, and for the Cats in the Super 12. He served as captain of the Cats, leading them to the 2000 Super 12 semifinals, and also captained the Springboks once.


Erasmus started his professional rugby career with the Free State in the Currie Cup. By 1997 he had been called up for national duties with the Springboks, and made his debut on 5 July against the British and Irish Lions in Johannesburg, which the home side won 35-16. In his next match for the Springboks, on 23 August that same year, Erasmus played the Wallabies, starting at flank, and scoring a try for South Africa in only his second match, which the Boks went on to win 61-22 in Pretoria. In November he played another four games for the Boks, scoring tries against Italy and France as well.

Erasmus had firmly established himself as a starting flanker for the Boks by the time the international season had come about in 1998. He played three tests prior to the beginning of the Tri Nations that year, playing Ireland twice, and Wales once, scoring a try in two games. He played in three Tri Nations games that year, in the wins over the Wallabies and All Blacks. He earned another four international caps at the end of the year, playing each of the home nations teams.

In 1999 Erasmus moved to the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. That season, after being capped three times prior to the Tri Nations, he skippered the side in the match against the Wallabies in Brisbane, though the Boks lost 32-6. After the Tri Nations he was off to the 1999 Rugby World Cup, where he played five matches for South Africa.

He was capped six times the following season, and after the Currie Cup, he moved back to the Free State Cheetahs for the 2001 season. He played two tests in 2001, both against France. The Boks lost the first Test, but won the second Test 20-15 in what would be Erasmus' last game for the Boks. When the Central Cheetahs were accepted into the Super 14, Erasmus became their first ever coach in 2006.

With the Springboks falling to five losses in a row, some media sources speculated that Erasmus had been sounded out to take over from Jake White, or at least become involved in some form. Erasmus denied that he ever received a call from SA Rugby.


In April 2016, it was confirmed that Erasmus would be joining Irish Pro12 side Munster as the Director of Rugby on a three-year contract, beginning on 1 July 2016.[1] On 7 May 2017, Erasmus won the 2016–17 Pro12 Coach of the Season award, an honour that was given to him at Guinness Pro12 Awards dinner in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.[2] On 30 June 2017, it was confirmed that Erasmus would be leaving Munster in December 2017 to become South Africa's Director of Rugby.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Director Of Rugby Appointed". munsterrugby.ie. 25 April 2016. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Erasmus Honoured At Guinness PRO12 Awards". munsterrugby.ie. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Confirmed: Rassie Erasmus to leave Munster for Springbok Director of Rugby role". Irish Independent. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rassie Erasmus on Munster exit: 'If they say I must go tomorrow, then I will go'". Irish Examiner. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 

External links

  • Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame
  • Munster Profile
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Corné Krige
Springbok Captain
Succeeded by
Joost van der Westhuizen
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