South Africa’s rugby director Rassie Erasmus is candid about several issues that have influenced his life following last year’s tour of the British and Irish Lions to South Africa.
In a “tell-mell” interview with the Daily Mail, Erasmus speaks out about several issues during the tour, including the famous video in which he criticizes referee Nic Berry after the first test and its subsequent fallout, how the video affected his family life, and how he has been since. has stopped speaking to Lions coach Warren Gatland.
Erasmus also reveals how he received criticism for appointing Siya Kolisi as the captain of the Springboks.
“Making Siya captain… there was a lot of trouble. The parents of my daughters’ friends would say, ‘Tell that damn father of yours to stop sucking for a paycheck.
“The struggle to get people to believe in Siya was a real struggle.”
Erasmus appointed Kolisi captain of Bok – the first black captain of the Boks – in 2018 when he became national team coach.
Speaking of the hour-long video in which Erasmus points to several refereeing errors made by Berry, which cost the Bok rugby boss a World Rugby suspension, Erasmus says: “I’ve always been a little naughty and enjoyed a laugh, but I’ I’ve always been an honest guy. I didn’t leak that video.”
He adds: “I have never been a man of suits and ties who claims to be a saint. I never said I would be a life coach.”
Also: “I am a sensitive boy. People think I’m a bully. I am not.”
Erasmus also reveals that his sister lives in England in Reading and works for the NHS, and was probably his only supporter outside South Africa on the Lions tour, talking about the “water carrier” issues he faced during the Lions tour and how ‘sad’ it is that he and Lions boss Warren Gatland have still not spoken since their visit to South Africa.
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