Rassie Erasmus book on the way: 'Very few people know the real me'

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Rassie Erasmus. (Steve Haag/Pan Macmillan)
Rassie Erasmus. (Steve Haag/Pan Macmillan)
  • Rassie Erasmus is set to release a memoir later this year on his life and rugby career, both as a player and coach.
  • It comes months after SuperSport aired a documentary on the 2019 World Cup-winning Springbok coach last year.
  • The SA Rugby director of rugby has never been far from controversy, either, exhibited in his infamous 62-minute video in 2021.

Springbok 2019 World Cup-winning coach Rassie Erasmus is set to release a memoir on his life and rugby career, both playing and coaching, later this year.

Erasmus, now the SA Rugby director of rugby, collaborated with renowned writer, broadcaster and raconteur David O'Sullivan to pen the book called Rassie: Stories of Life and Rugby that's expected to be released in July/August.

Johan "Rassie" Erasmus was born in Despatch, outside Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, where he grew up and learnt his rugby before moving to the Free State Cheetahs, where he became a prominent flanker.

Rassie: Stories of Life and Rugby by Rassie Erasmu
Rassie: Stories of Life and Rugby by Rassie Erasmus, written with David O’Sullivan, is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2023. (Steve Haag/Pan Macmillan)

He played for the Cheetahs and Super 12 side, the Cats, in an exceptional career that included seven tries in 36 Springbok Tests before injury curtailed his career.

Erasmus quickly picked up coaching and guided the Cheetahs to their first Currie Cup trophy since 1976, when they beat the Blue Bulls at Loftus in 2005.

His coaching tenure has been infamous for his weird and whacky coaching methods, including using lights to indicate game plays and sitting on top of the stadium roof on match day.

He is widely considered a rugby genius, something his former Springbok coach Nick Mallett picked up in the late 1990s when Erasmus was transfixed with data analysis during a time when rugby players just ran onto the field and drank beer afterwards.

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Erasmus has never been shy to court controversy, as seen recently when he received a lengthy stadium ban by World Rugby following his highly-critical and public 62-minute video during the 2021 British & Irish Lions series.

"My rugby life, as player and coach, has always been in the public eye," said Erasmus.

"My passion for the game is there for everyone to see. Many people have an opinion of me. But very few people know the real me. This book allows me to tell you about who I really am."

However, the 50-year-old's crowning career moment remains the 2019 victory in Japan, where he and captain Siya Kolisi brought home South Africa's third Webb Ellis trophy.

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