Rassie Erasmus

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Rassie Erasmus said : “Local derbies are like Springbok trials and when you play strength versus strength week in, week out, like the Rainbow Cup has been, then you expect a number of injuries,” “So every weekend has been quite nervous for us, fortunately there haven’t been too many injuries, but there are many niggles in the squad. We’ll have to reassess after the first couple of weeks” External link

citizen Monday, June 7, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted : “Duane has to be doubtful with his ankle. He’s on his way to Cape Town for scans. I spoke to Jake White (Bulls coach) and it looked bad. For Duane to limp off so early in a match is very unusual, so we are fearing the worst,” “But Jasper Wiese can play eighthman and we cannot ignore the form he is in, he was outstanding in the Premiership and he knocked the door down weekly. He is explosive and we’re really lucky that he’s versatile, he can play openside as well” External link

citizen Monday, June 7, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told ( about Duane Vermeulen ) : "Duane is a big worry for us," External link

icWales Monday, June 7, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Duane Vermeulen ) : “Duane is a big worry for us,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 7, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “He is here for a specific reason, because our lineout caller is Franco Mostert and he (Mostert) is one of the only guys who is 100% fit,” “Eben (Etzebeth) is not a No 5 lock. We have Marvin Orie there, but one injury, and we’re in trouble” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 7, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Sale Sharks ) : “The nice thing about the Sale set-up is that there are a lot of South African guys who have been in the mix,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 7, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "It would be nice, but I have been on the other side of the franchise coaching wagon and they are coaches with families, contracts, and performance clauses," External link

irishsun Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Morne Steyn ) : "That'll put a lot of coaches under pressure. [If] Morne Steyn had to rest in one game and didn't make the squad," External link

irishsun Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "I think the only guy people would not know is Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, who moved over to Montpellier at a really young age," External link

news24 Sunday, June 6, 2021 4:53:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The form Cornal is in, everyone can see that there must be some other reason for not choosing him,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The difference is Lood and RG have won the World Cup and the Rugby Championship,” “They have played 20 Tests with us and we know them. We know how to get them fit and we’ll know if they’re sharp” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have put together a very talented group of players, and we believe the vast experience in the group will complement the exciting bunch of youngsters. " External link

icWales Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:32:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I think we ended with a pretty even split between overseas and local and I think the public should still associate with the overseas players,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted : “Duane has to be doubtful with his ankle. He’s on his way to Cape Town for scans. I spoke to Jake White (Bulls coach) and it looked bad. For Duane to limp off so early in a match is very unusual, so we are fearing the worst,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have put together a very talented group of players, and we believe the vast experience in the group will complement the exciting bunch of youngsters. " External link

independent-ie Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have put together a very talented group of players, and we believe the vast experience in the group will complement the exciting bunch of youngsters," "Several players have been plying their trade abroad, and that has enabled them to rack up quality game time in top class competitions against world class opposition, many of whom were included in the Lions squad, while the locally-based players have also been able to build up quality game time over a number of competitions" External link

news24 Saturday, June 5, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It might be the first time that altitude will not play a role,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Luckily me and Jacques have been working together since 1992 so that has helped a lot. We haven’t had the advantage of playing in Six Nations and those kinds of things to see our players in those top-class competitions,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I must say the advantage we do have, for the first time probably as a result of our currency being weak, is our players playing all over the world,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In terms of the planning with that, having Felix in Dublin and having Andy in London with the overseas-based players there has helped. They have visited all those guys,” “But not being able to sit there with the guys, see the reaction when you make a plan or a suggestion, that is something that is missing” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In South Africa, we have long been dealing with stuff like that and we have our own programme called Radar since 2019 which is against racism, our own programme which we initiated long before the other debates started in the world so we are very comfortable (with that),” “We will still follow that specific programme, which was well documented well before all the other things started happening. "We are happy with the route we are going and how our team is experiencing it, how we are aligned and where we are trying to get with it, so we will stick with our programme on that” External link

icWales Monday, May 31, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have eight players in the squad and five are backs, and their coach, Gregor Townsend, is the Lions' attack coach. That says a lot," "The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style" External link

irishsun Sunday, May 30, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," External link

irishsun Sunday, May 30, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have eight players in the squad and five are backs, and their coach, Gregor Townsend, is the Lions' attack coach. That says a lot," "The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style" External link

news24 Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," External link

news24 Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Gregor Townsend ) : “The way Warren has picked this side and his support staff, the way he has selected his squad, his backline and with Gregor Townsend in there, I think he has something up his sleeve,” “I don't think we will see this battle of attrition and grinding it out like in the World Cup. I think he has other plans” External link

themirror Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We've accepted the fact that we'll never be able to compete with other currencies. We of course never encourage a local player to go overseas, it's just that we can't afford some of them," External link

news24 Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The players they have chosen won’t have any influence on our selection coming up next weekend, but if you look at the Lions squad, it’s fairly evenly spread between the four countries,” External link

citizen Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told ( about Gregor Townsend ) : "Scotland have got eight players in the squad and five of them are backline players. Gregor Townsend is the attack coach. That must tell you something," External link

icWales Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “It was really special to play my first Test in the third match of that series, but I was 24-years-old and maybe didn’t understand as much how special it was,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We’re preparing as if there will be no crowds, which will have a massive effect on how it feels at the ground, in terms of home advantage and on the way we communicate. But most of the players have experienced this before,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It might be the first time that altitude will not play a role,” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We last played in 2019, so more recently than them,” “Yes, it is a challenge and we haven’t played a lot together but we are almost in the same boat as the Lions who have to put four countries together with four different game plans, styles and cultures whereas we have one. It’s not ideal but it’s not the end of the world” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Warren Gatland ) : “It’s interesting the way Warren has selected that squad,” “In winter at altitude I think those boys - and Sam Simmonds specifically - can move. I don’t know the selection policy but it looks like a good pack to me. The Lions is such a special thing. The World Cup is the pinnacle but, hell, it’s bloody close” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We still have hope and we’re still asking but it is a long shot,” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The Springbok squad and wider group that will be involved have either been vaccinated already, or will be vaccinated in the coming days,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 28, 2021 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “A guy like Salmaan [Moerat, Stormers lock], who was doing really well and we were excited about that, but unfortunately it’s now touch and go whether he will be available due to injury,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 28, 2021 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys. There is wonderful talent available to us, and many have been playing top-level rugby overseas. So that’s been very encouraging,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 28, 2021 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In a way we are lucky to have players all over the world because our players in South Africa have just been playing against each other,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The British and Irish Lions haven’t played together at all since their last Test together in 2017, so they also have that same sort of disadvantage as us,” External link

independent-UK Friday, May 28, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The British and Irish Lions haven’t played together at all since their last Test together in 2017, so they also have that same sort of disadvantage as us,” External link

chesterfirst Friday, May 28, 2021 5:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have eight players in the squad and five are backs, and their coach, Gregor Townsend, is the Lions' attack coach. That says a lot," "The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style" External link

afp-en Friday, May 28, 2021 4:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," External link

afp-en Friday, May 28, 2021 4:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The matches will be on the Friday nights so that they don't clash with the provincial British and Irish Lions games on the Saturday and we're awaiting for those Test match venues to be announced," External link

news24 Friday, May 28, 2021 3:04:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus tells : “They’re playing to put rugby on the map,” External link

guardian Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:43:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Blacks ) : “Playing the All Blacks in their backyard is a massive challenge, Argentina showed their growing stature last year while the Wallabies are always tough opponents, especially on their home turf,” “There is a great rivalry between us, but we also have a lot of respect for each other and have built good friendships over many years of southern hemisphere competition,” External link

citizen Friday, May 21, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Blacks ) : “Following the unfortunate Covid-related disruptions of last year, we are very much looking forward to resume playing against the Pumas, Wallabies and the All Blacks,” External link

citizen Friday, May 21, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to Covid-19" External link

modernghana Monday, May 10, 2021 9:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Nothing beats a full-blooded international to test your skill set, readiness and ability under pressure, and we are delighted to have this opportunity before the Lions series,” External link

citizen Monday, May 10, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Jacques and his team have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

citizen Monday, May 10, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to COVID-19" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 10, 2021 4:35:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Nothing beats a full-blooded international to test your skill set, readiness and ability under pressure, and we are delighted to have this opportunity before the Lions series," "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic" External link

news24 Monday, May 10, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to Covid-19" External link

yahoo-au Monday, May 10, 2021 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to Covid-19" External link

afp-en Monday, May 10, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about British ) : "We'll have to wait a bit longer to face the best club sides of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, but in the meantime we've got a tough competition that will hopefully prepare our players for what promises to be a massive series against the British & Irish Lions," External link

news24 Friday, April 23, 2021 10:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Neil Powell ) : “The quality of training and accommodation facilities‚ the easy and accessible location of all training amenities and the great weather makes it a top-class training venue‚” “All their facilities are world-class and will ensure an excellent environment for Neil Powell and his squad to complete their pretournament preparations” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We are planning as if these are going [ahead] because that’s the only thing we can do,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “With a very busy and demanding international season looming, it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Felix Jones ) : “The local players will meet up with the coaches, medical and conditioning staff and rest of the management over the next two weeks, while we have similar plans for our European and Japanese-based players, with Felix Jones hosting sessions in the UK and France and the Japanese based-players joining us on virtual meetings,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "With a very busy and demanding international season looming, it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible," External link

icWales Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Although Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so – keeping tabs on their performances, injury recovery and general wellbeing - we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment," External link

japantoday Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:20:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “With a very busy and demanding international season looming‚ it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible‚” “Though Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so — keeping tabs on their performances‚ injury recovery and general wellbeing — we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Felix Jones ) : “The local players will meet the coaches‚ medical and conditioning staff and [the] rest of the management over the next two weeks‚ while we have similar plans for our European and Japanese-based players‚ with Felix Jones hosting sessions in the UK and France and the Japanese-based players joining us on virtual meetings‚” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Although Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so – keeping tabs on their performances, injury recovery and general wellbeing - we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “With a very busy and demanding international season looming, it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible,” “Although Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so – keeping tabs on their performances, injury recovery and general well-being – we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Felix Jones ) : “The local players will meet up with the coaches, medical and conditioning staff and rest of the management over the next two weeks, while we have similar plans for our European and Japanese-based players, with Felix Jones hosting sessions in the UK and France and the Japanese based-players joining us on virtual meetings,” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus recalls : “When the High Performance Centre was being built, Axel always wanted that office, it was right next to mine,” External link

independent-ie Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "I really want to commend the teams, match officials and our broadcast partner for the positive spirit in which they accepted and implemented our recommendations," External link

news24 Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:06:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The teams and the players embraced our intention to speed up the game, and here the various caches as well as SuperSport played a big role in making this happen," "The result was less 'ball out of play' and more action, a willingness from teams to have a go at more attacking options and displaying their skills, which led to more tries being scored and hopefully a much more attractive TV product" External link

news24 Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:06:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted : “We don’t have the correct pathways at school level,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The headmaster and the school decides whether rugby is offered to the girls,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In the past, the ladies might only play three or four games in the Premier Division each season,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained : “They only play a single round of matches in the second-tier tournament,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We are certainly not blaming anyone for what happened and we know there were many mitigating factors as we tried to resurrect the local game in the face of the COVID-pandemic,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We want to see a change in mentality from our players in terms of speeding up the game,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have a rugby department and had a manager for women’s rugby, and we had done as much as we knew but we realised we lacked expertise and experience in the women’s high performance area,” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:39:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have a rugby department and had a manager for women’s rugby, and we had done as much as we knew but we realised we lacked expertise and experience in the women’s high performance area,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Lynne Cantwell ) : “The Rugby World Cup this year will probably be a good measurement for us to see where we actually are. We’ve got a fairly good idea, after discussing with Lynne and knowing what platinum standard programmes look like, that we’re fairly far behind,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 19, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus added : “We’re in a very tough pool with Fiji, England and France. At the tournament, Fiji would be the goal for us, to try and beat them. Then really make a good account of ourselves against the other two, who are ranked number two and three in the world,” “The squad is relatively young and a lot of them can make the next World Cup. So, getting out of this World Cup, and just measuring the different sections and departments; where are we in defence, where are we in planning, where are we in fitness, where are we in attack… Then from there set ourselves realistic goals” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 19, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have a rugby department and had a manager for women’s rugby, and we had done as much as we knew but we realised we lacked expertise and experience in the women’s high performance area,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Whatever we have to do to play the Lions series, we will do,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, February 8, 2021 1:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "Any option we can get not to lose the Lions tour, we’ll take," External link

news24 Saturday, January 23, 2021 2:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “People mention how much ball-in-play time is down, and we [rugby department] are aware of it. Myself, [Springbok coach] Jacques Nienaber and his staff are also analysing the numbers every week,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We owed our sponsors and broadcasters a lot for sticking with us [through 2020] and we wanted to crown a champion before we stepped out of Super Rugby,” “Carling came on as a sponsor of the Currie Cup and in year one of their deal, it had to be played with no crowds. They stuck with us. We have to play” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Whatever we have to do to play the Lions series, we will do,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "If the Rainbow Cup gets cancelled, there is an opportunity for the Franchise Cup or the tournament where the franchises play, it might be played differently. However, we can only know once we know what will happen with the Rainbow Cup," "All of those things are being pushed back to the end of the month or the beginning of February with regards to decisions. The competition where the franchises will play against each other to get ready will be vital to get the guys who are underplayed to be ready while those who are overplayed so that we can start the PRO16 on an even keel" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:55:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "If there's a breakthrough, the Cheetahs would like to announce it on their own time along with all the other factors that are relevant," External link

news24 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We don't share that information enough to be honest and that creates the perception that we leave franchises out in the cold," External link

news24 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The 2020 Carling Currie Cup was certainly an anomaly with the Covid-19 pandemic creating a cloud of uncertainty both in terms of training and the match schedule‚” External link

businessday Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The final will be played, even if it's not played on January 30. It's only two teams that are involved there because with the semi-finals, there are more teams and the roll-on effect will be different. If the final can't be played on the Saturday, it will be moved to the Sunday or the Monday," "We will play a Currie Cup final. The players need to have a three-week off-season and for the teams to be ready for the PRO16, which is the Rainbow Cup as an interim competition going into the PRO16" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The teams that can't participate this weekend will not be able to go to the final because we've moved the playoffs by a week already. The knock-on effect that'll have on our season will be tremendous. If both teams can't play, the team with most league points will go through. We want teams to submit at the same time to avoid the pointing of fingers," External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "If you had a Super Rugby Unlocked of just six games and one game was cancelled because of Covid-19, it would have a massive impact. If the Currie Cup was only six games and if any game got cancelled, it's two points each, so it would have a massive impact, which makes me get why there's a narrative of the competition's integrity being questioned. The carrying over of the points was to ensure that the teams get the best chance of getting to the playoffs," "We tried to protect the integrity of the tournaments even though we had a certain cut-off date for the Super Rugby tournament. The tournament was a double-round, home and away, so no team could complain. For the first time since 2005, we had all the local Springboks available. We didn't tell any franchise how many minutes players of national interest should play because of a lack of a target date for Test matches" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "During the whole season, out of an average squad of 15, there were eight percent positive tests, which is about four players weekly. That was during a quiet time. At the peak, it went up to 20 percent, which was about 10 players per team. Out of 44, there were five cancelled games, which isn't a lot," "In the (English) Premiership, if you didn't have enough players, they gave the opposition the five league points and 28 points. That was a massive thing, but they have adjusted that" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We desperately want to play them," External link

japantoday Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:03:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We desperately want to play the Lions and will do anything to play them,” External link

guardian Monday, January 18, 2021 10:02:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We desperately want to play them and we'll do anything to play them," External link

nampa Monday, January 18, 2021 9:55:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We desperately want to play and will do anything it takes," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 18, 2021 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "Any option we can get not to lose the Lions tour, we’ll take," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We would love to play the Lions. We're desperate to play them, and we’ll do anything. We know this opportunity only comes around every 12 years," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The frustration is unbelievable, with due respect. It's not a patch on the challenges our Covid victims and frontline workers have experienced, but it's been difficult for us too," "We wanted to go play in the Rugby Championship. We wanted to play Scotland and co last year. It’s tough, players lose hope, veterans question whether they should’ve stayed on in South Africa to play in this series. It’s important to make this happen" External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I did have Covid-19 and I’m on day 23 now. My wife and I contracted it, along with the kids. Their symptoms were just about losing taste and they didn’t feel sick,” “For five to six days, we were pretty bad. That was from about days nine to 14. I think at the time we were pretty bad and down and out. I was really worried because some of us have underlying illnesses. The only thing that’s left now ... is the low heart rate” External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s one of the side-effects, one that I definitely shouldn’t be having, being as fat as I am apparently. I just have headaches, but there are people who have had worse. At this stage though we are going reasonably well,” External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We desperately want to play the Lions and we will do anything to play them," External link

independent-ie Monday, January 18, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We desperately want to play them,” External link

eagletribune Monday, January 18, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The 2020 Carling Currie Cup was certainly an anomaly with the COVID-19 pandemic creating a cloud of uncertainty both in terms of training and the match schedule,” External link

citizen Monday, January 18, 2021 6:16:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We desperately want to play and will do anything it takes," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 18, 2021 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The 2020 Currie Cup was certainly an anomaly with the Covid-19 pandemic creating a cloud of uncertainty both in terms of training and the match schedule," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The integrity of the Currie Cup was key in our discussions and the communication and co-operation between the four teams in the semi-finals is appreciated,” External link

citizen Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The integrity of the Carling Currie Cup was key in our discussions and the communication and co-operation between the four teams in the semi-finals is appreciated,” External link

news24 Friday, January 8, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I would like to thank the semi-finalists for their co-operation in ensuring that we can see the season play out the way it should in spite of these challenging times with a champion being crowned in the next few weeks,” External link

news24 Friday, January 8, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus estimé : "Cela va permettre à nos équipes du Super Rugby de revenir dans le concert international après un an d'absence et cela aura lieu dans une période idéale afin de se préparer à la tournée des Lions britanniques et irlandais" External link

tv5 Wednesday, December 23, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special," External link

japantoday Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special,” External link

businessday Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 8, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat," "Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd" External link

polandsun Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat," "Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd" External link

irishsun Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat,” “Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd” External link

news24 Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "I will never forget the chat we had, that changed my mindset a lot and helped with the success that I personally had as a coach," "The whole of South Africa congratulates and thanks you, you've been a great example to everyone on and off the field" External link

icWales Friday, November 27, 2020 11:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I appreciate the award and the acknowledgement and I want to say thanks to everyone involved in staging the awards,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I appreciate the award and the acknowledgement and I want to say thanks to everyone involved in staging the awards,” External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus replied ( about British ) : “Our planning is in place and we are looking good for next year’s British & Irish Lions tour. Our big challenge at the moment is that we want to transform that (RWC-winning) happiness into real hope and to do that we have to keep on winning as a team” External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s astonishing‚ really. I will never forget the amazing welcome scenes at the airport‚ or the many thousands of people that came out to share in the team’s joy during the victory parades. One year later‚ people still say how they enjoyed the win and how proud they are of that achievement‚” External link

businessday Monday, November 2, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It was a full-on team effort‚ from players to coaches and management staff, they all worked incredibly hard and made many sacrifices to make that success a reality‚” External link

businessday Monday, November 2, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s astonishing, really. I will never forget the amazing welcome scenes at the airport or the many thousands of people that came out to share in the team’s joy during the victory parades,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, November 2, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “And, one year later, people still say how they enjoyed the win and how proud they are of that achievement. It was a full-on team effort, from players to coaches and management staff – they all worked incredibly hard and made many sacrifices to make that success a reality,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, November 2, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "It was a full-on team effort, from players to coaches and management staff - they all worked incredibly hard and made many sacrifices to make that success a reality," External link

news24 Monday, November 2, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "On the back of your jersey, there are numbers where you could have photos of family members. He only had photos of himself," External link

irishsun Monday, November 2, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Wales are not softies like Ireland,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 31, 2020 2:07:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : “They are not softies, they’re not like Ireland,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match,” External link

citizen Saturday, October 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, October 16, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match,” External link

citizen Friday, October 16, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match," External link

icWales Friday, October 16, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match," External link

news24 Friday, October 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months,” External link

japantoday Friday, October 16, 2020 1:05:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We desperately want to play. The thought of a whole year going by without the Springboks playing a Test is terrible. " External link

modernghana Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months,” External link

tribtown Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We desperately want to play. The thought of a whole year going by without the Springboks playing a Test is terrible. " External link

afp-en Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The English clubs will be in their semifinals and final and we haven’t got a clear answer over when their players will be available,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 11, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Because South Africa was in a really hard lockdown, we have to get five to six games into the players before it is safe for them from an injury perspective,” “These players will be away from home for so long, and living in a bubble. And then when they return from Australia, they will have to quarantine again,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 11, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

news24 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “In terms of a team man and someone who served the side, Elton (Jantjies) really stood out at the World Cup in the way he helped us prepare,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We agreed that, between us as coaches, we are going to share a lot of the Springbok environment with the players: how we do things, how we analyse things, how we plan a week, how we analyse the opposition," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We are going to try and overload them with the Springbok way of working but we are not gonna overload them with the Springbok way of playing," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We agreed that, between us as coaches, we are going to share a lot of the Springbok environment with the players: how we do things, how we analyse things, how we plan a week, how we analyse the opposition," External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We are going to try and overload them with the Springbok way of working but we are not gonna overload them with the Springbok way of playing," External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “I listened to all the meetings where Jacques explained to them how team selection works, how you get in a Bok team, and what we are rating you on,” “It’s about getting to meet the players and getting to know their characters” External link

citizen Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : "I've got lots of faith in Elton," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Yes, losing Pollard is always a massive blow," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Because South Africa was in a really hard lockdown, we have to get five to six games into the players before it is safe for them from an injury perspective,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We are trying to find solutions for what we can do. If we are lucky to get players who have over 200 minutes, you probably can play against each other because you will have a squad of 46,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The English clubs will be in their semi-finals and final and we haven’t got a clear answer over when their players will be available,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “Handre’s knee injury is a big blow, but I don’t think there was anybody more of a team man at the World Cup than Elton, while the others also played big roles,” “He helped us win that World Cup while only playing three games and when we went to the 6/2 split he was just unbelievable” External link

citizen Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have to take like four looseheads and four hookers for instance, as when a player gets injured and we have to call up someone he will have to go into isolation,” “The overseas players also arrive two weeks after us because of their competition, and then in our first match they will be in quarantine, but we are trying hard to see how we can make it happen” External link

citizen Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "For us as coaches and players, you can get on a plane, sleep on it and actually play the next day," "That's nice, for broadcasting and for your own planning. There are regular flights that you can get everywhere" External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "You will play against countries' best players who are normally ranked high on the world rankings. I don't want to make this a rule of thumb because we were ranked No 7 not long ago," External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "For us as coaches and players, you can get on a plane, sleep on it and actually play the next day," "That's nice, for broadcasting and for your own planning. There are regular flights that you can get everywhere" External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "You will play against countries' best players who are normally ranked high on the world rankings. I don't want to make this a rule of thumb because we were ranked No 7 not long ago," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Players probably need 500 minutes of game-time to be safe," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We desperately want to play, it will be terrible to go a year without the Springboks playing,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:00:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

japantoday Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Players probably need 500 minutes of game-time to be safe," External link

japantoday Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "We desperately want to play, it will be terrible to go a year without the Springboks playing," External link

newshub Monday, September 28, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There was a miscommunication and he couldn't get onto his flight. But there can be many reasons for that," External link

polandsun Monday, September 28, 2020 9:16:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We agreed as coaches that we are going to share a lot with the players in terms of the Springbok environment,” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Our message to the players this week is that they should use this opportunity to understand the way we work,” “What they don’t remember by Friday night they should forget, and they need to showcase their individual skills because that is what we would like to see. There won’t be a specific game plan, so it won’t be a Springbok blueprint imprinted in the players’ minds” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

afp-en Monday, September 28, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Players probably need 500 minutes of game-time to be safe," External link

afp-en Monday, September 28, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “I can’t think of a better team man than Elton Jantjies and he stood out at the Rugby World Cup. The way he helped us to win the World Cup despite playing in only three games with the six/two split was immense,” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “I have lots of faith in Elton and when he played with structure and with a good pack‚ he’s unbelievable. In my opinion‚ Elton would be the immediate first choice just on his potential and proven performance‚” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Players with 400-plus minutes that we need to be competitive‚ safe and are able to play in a high performance environment are the overseas-based players. Only one of the guys there has more than that‚ but there’s at least two weeks to go‚ so the target could be hit‚” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We desperately want to play because it would be terrible to have a year with no Test rugby. But we’ve had no clear answer from the English clubs about their semi-finals and final, we have to take a massive squad because you need four players in each key position and we all have to arrive at the same time because of two weeks quarantine, during which we can practise together,” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “The science tells us that the players need five or six games, 400-500 minutes, before playing Test rugby is safe because of the injury risk and player welfare,” “It’s a tough one because we know we have to go, but we just don’t know how it’s going to be possible. And we don’t have much time to sort it out, the decisions all have to be done by October 10. It’s a matter of high performance and player welfare, we want to be competitive but 240 minutes is the most our players will have” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “But then there’s also the risk of more injuries. And it’s not just your 15 players that you are worried about, it could be any of 30 guys on the field at any given time. Plus all 46 of the squad have played less than 200 minutes and have been under strict Lockdown, the toughest in the world. So there are a lot of problems with that as well! But ultimately the decision will be made for us,” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “During lockdown‚ Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings‚” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We desperately want to play, it will be terrible to go a year without the Springboks playing," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, September 28, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We desperately want to go play. We want to play Springbok rugby and it would be terrible to go through a year without playing Test matches," External link

news24 Monday, September 28, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus added : "It's a bit of a logistics problem apart from not having your best team there for the first two weeks," External link

news24 Monday, September 28, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “During lockdown, Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings,” “However, nothing beats that feeling of being back in an actual team environment. Apart from the few training activities, which will not be heavily loaded, we will also spend a lot of time on aligning the players in both squads regarding our team objectives for Springbok Showdown” External link

dailymaverick Monday, September 28, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "During lockdown, Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings," External link

news24 Sunday, September 27, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “The draft picks exercise was a refreshing way to select the two squads for the game,” “Myself, Jacques and the coaches thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, but the tension of picking squads on live television wasn’t good for the nerves – I want to thank SuperSport for their support in this project and I hope our fans enjoyed something new on the South African rugby landscape” External link

citizen Friday, September 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The Under-21 competition provides an important pipeline in our player development and scouting set-up, as well as a showcase for unions in terms of contracting senior players,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We’ve cast the net very wide for this match, which is a very exciting prospect. As Springbok coaches, we can’t wait to start working with the players,” External link

citizen Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We’ve cast the net very wide for this match, which is a very exciting prospect as Springbok coaches, we can’t wait to start working with the players,” External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Even if they don’t make the final squads, it shows that our pathway from junior to senior level as part of the EPD programme works very well and it was especially exciting to see many of these players getting opportunities at franchise level in the last two seasons,” External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus added : “This draft list is very dynamic and we’re working closely with the unions to determine players’ availability, so it’s not impossible that the names can still change before Friday, when we do the actual picks” External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Town Stadium ) : “It will be exciting – from the moment we select the squads, with a number of twists thrown in for good measure – through the build-up to the match and the actual encounter in Cape Town,” External link

citizen Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

citizen Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

guardian-ng Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in SA square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before‚ but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the past six months‚” External link

businessday Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

news24 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:54:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available talent in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months," "It will be exciting - from the moment we select the squads, with a number of twists thrown in for good measure - through the build-up to the match and the actual encounter in Cape Town," External link

afp-en Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

africa-newsroom Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus points out : “People moan about transformation when they don’t even know what it’s about,” External link

citizen Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained : "At full-time, I actually felt embarrassed about it... also because I thought, how is it that I felt so entitled to winning it that I could even think it 'will be taken away from us' because I really thought it can't happen again because we have been through so much," External link

irishsun Monday, July 27, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus points out : "People moan about transformation when they don't even know what it’s about," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We asked South Africans to answer the call and to help the Springboks to raise funds for poverty relief and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during this campaign," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We asked South Africans to answer the call and to help the Springboks to raise funds for poverty relief and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during this campaign,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:20:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Andy Edwards ) : “Andy will bring with him a wealth of international knowledge from his time of working with a range of top-class coaches and players at Saracens, achieving success in England and in Europe,” “He comes highly recommended for what is an important role where you need someone with a proven record and international experience. During his time with Saracens he also worked with many South Africans playing for the club, which will help him to settle into the role” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, July 3, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This is a superb cause and I am grateful to be able to play a small part in trying to help those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic,” External link

limerickleader Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "This is a superb cause and I am grateful to be able to play a small part in trying to help those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic," External link

irishsun Monday, May 25, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the United Kingdom,” “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that… the whole squad will be sad to see him go” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 6, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Since we started working again, everything is back to normal. In 1995 and 2007 we lost an opportunity, and I’m desperate to make sure we don’t [lose that opportunity] again,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 6, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go‚ he will also have our very best wishes for the future‚” “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability‚ but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go, he will also have our very best wishes for the future” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, May 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go, he will also have our very best wishes for the future” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained : "You can have the least amount of talent, but you have to be a warrior," External link

news24 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “From our side, we are really working so hard, and I want to guarantee our supporters, as soon as the Springboks are back on the field, we will make you proud, like we did last year,” “As we said last year, if we work hard and play well, and our fans keep on supporting us and the media reports well, we really are stronger together. And nothing should change because of this virus” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "I've got no doubt if we didn't take the 30 Test cap away last year, we wouldn't have won the World Cup," External link

news24 Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have alignment camps, which we obviously do virtually now, daily with six or seven players with the coaches like Jacques. Before that we had alignment camps physically with the Lions and Bulls but Felix actually went to all the overseas players, who was in the reckoning and had alignment camps with them," "We wanted to eliminate the surprises when those guys fall back to us and that's a big role Felix plays for us" External link

news24 Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "He (Nienaber) reports to me and if it doesn't go well on the field I should be the guy who also takes the blame because I was one of the big drivers to get him there," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "He (Nienaber) reports to me and if it doesn’t go well on the field I should be the guy who also takes the blame because I was one of the big drivers to get him there," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Hilton Adonis (Manager: Training and Education at SA Rugby) and Louis Koen (Manager: High Performance Programmes), as well as their other colleagues who worked hard behind the scenes, must be commended for getting this initiative off the ground,” “The pilot webinar was a great success and created a lot of excitement among the coaches. This platform will enable us to continue with the training and education of our coaches even though we are in a period of self-isolation at the moment” External link

news24 Friday, April 3, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Speaking purely from a rugby point of view, we realise no-one could prepare for the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result, all of us in the game across the globe are in the same boat,” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Speaking purely from a rugby point of view, we realise no one could prepare for the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result, all of us in the game across the globe are in the same boat," External link

news24 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "You don't have the right today to worry about your mistakes," External link

themirror Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus adds : "You are fighting, Siya, for the next Siya to not suffer like you suffered. " External link

themirror Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "You don't have the right today to worry about your mistakes," External link

icWales Monday, February 10, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Building a quality Springbok Women’s team and developing women’s rugby in general are among our top priorities at SA Rugby, so it was exciting to receive the dates for the 2021 Rugby World Cup,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, February 5, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about,” External link

irishexaminer Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques will be responsible for the test match preparation and day-to-day team operations but, as the director of rugby, I will be with the team for the majority of the time and in the coaches' box with Jacques at matches," External link

newshub Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:55:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free me up to think a little bit more strategically," "I will be there in the coaches box with him during matches. I will be accountable if the Springboks don't win" External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

polandsun Friday, January 24, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Matt Proudfoot ) : "Matt did a brilliant job with our pack and I'd like to thank him from me, the team and SA Rugby," External link

polandsun Friday, January 24, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

afp-en Friday, January 24, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

afp-en Friday, January 24, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

afp-en Friday, January 24, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 24, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “I’ll still be responsible for the strategy and results with Jacques taking operational control. The structure allows the director of rugby to spend more time on other aspects of the role,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 24, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Matt Proudfoot ) : “Matt did a brilliant job with our pack and I’d like to thank him from me, the team and SA Rugby,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 24, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

nation-ke Friday, January 24, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

afp-english Friday, January 24, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

nampa Friday, January 24, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We may not be favourites but these players will leave nothing in the tank," External link

ibtimes-uk Monday, December 23, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : “In all honesty, the reason for that warm-up game was to erase the Brighton game, so that if we do play them in play-off games, that game hopefully doesn’t get mentioned again,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : “This game is going to be decided by the forwards and at the set phases and we wanted to maximise our options in those battles,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We brought the Webb Ellis Cup home for all South Africans and we really wish we could go everywhere to thank our supporters, but unfortunately logistics and time constraints doesn’t allow for that to happen this time,” External link

thecourier Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:19:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus souligné ( about Dan Cole ) : “Je ne pense pas que Dan Cole ou d’autres sont mauvais en mêlée, mais je pense que surtout nos gars étaient plus frais” External link

AfricaNews-French Saturday, November 2, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus dijo : “Es fácil hablar de haber pasado momentos difíciles y sufrir para recibir oportunidades” “Pero es duro cuando hay días que debes pasar hambre, no puedes ir a la escuela o ponerte zapatos” External link

wsoctv Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:06:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus déclare : "Ces deux dernières années, les joueurs ont pris conscience de ce que voulait dire être un joueur de rugby professionnel" External link

tv5 Monday, October 28, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT



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Van Rooyen said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "It's an unbelievably good decision that's been made by Rassie (Erasmus) and co," External link

news24 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:42:00 PM EAT

Mary Alexander said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie Erasmus (director if rugby) and them are looking at having a few games for us," External link

news24 Friday, November 6, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Mary Alexander said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie Erasmus (director if rugby) and them are looking at having a few games for us," External link

irishsun Friday, November 6, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Simon Easterby said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “If that’s Rassie’s opinion then clearly that’s something that he has used to try and motivate his players to put in a performance against the Welsh,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Warren Gatland said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Those are kind of the times we are in at the moment," "I can understand from Rassie's point of view, they hadn't had a lot of domestic rugby, so they felt they were going down to Australia being undercooked and understandably not wanting to expose themselves. "They talked about an injury risk, I am not too sure that was the case, but that's their prerogative and they felt they needed more rugby. "But what they are going to do - internally or externally - ahead of the Lions, I am not too sure, so it is a bit of a wait and see" External link

bbc Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Frans Malherbe stated ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “No [it wasn’t difficult to deal with], not from my perspective. The one thing that made it work so easily is Russell. The type of guy he is and slotting in, it almost felt like this is just another member of the management,” “In the beginning [coach] Rassie [Erasmus] told us about Russell and what he would do, then he [Belter] slotted in immediately. We just got used to it and accepted it” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, October 21, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Elton Jantjies said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie phoned me earlier this week asking me about this fight I was going to be having with Cornal (Hendricks)," "He wanted to know what was happening and was worried I might get injured" External link

news24 Friday, September 4, 2020 8:15:00 PM EAT

Jurie Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

irishsun Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

irishsun Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Jurie Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

news24 Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

news24 Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Jurie Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Whether Super Rugby still makes commercial sense from a broadcasting perspective if you consult unions, absolutely. But we have to look at it as a whole. In my opinion, it serves a purpose. I believe we're strong because we play New Zealand, Australia and Argentina," "But when it comes to that element, I knock on the door and ask Rassie. If I start giving opinions on the strength of our rugby, we'll be in deep trouble and never win a World Cup again. I stick to the admin side" External link

news24 Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “Maybe some elements we may need to change, especially around the coaches. Rassie Erasmus did present us with a plan around the fast-tracking of black coaches. We’ll look at that plan more seriously and we’ll address the issues that are there,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 21, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Francois Louw said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie does not want everybody talking about him because his outlook is that everything is about team success and not individual issues. " External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Francois Louw said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie does not want everybody talking about him because his outlook is that everything is about team success and not individual issues. " External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:30:00 PM EAT

Francois Louw said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie does not want everybody talking about him because his outlook is that everything is about team success and not individual issues. " External link

afp-en Saturday, June 27, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT

Jacques Nienaber says ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "You can continue to analyse a lot, but when you start delivering you have to be crystal clear in what you want to get through. The biggest thing that Rassie got through to the players in the World Cup was clarity - there wasn't white noise," External link

news24 Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

Warren Gatland told ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Probably one of the guys I respect is Rassie Erasmus with South Africa. I really like his philosophy with the game and his attitude," External link

news24 Friday, April 10, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Warren Gatland told ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Probably one of the guys I respect is Rassie Erasmus with South Africa. I really like his philosophy with the game and his attitude," External link

irishsun Friday, April 10, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

James Dalton said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Going from fitness coach to Springbok head coach is debatable but we all know that Rassie Erasmus is still going to be the puppet master," External link

irishsun Friday, February 7, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Jacques Nienaber raconté ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "J'ai rencontré Rassie à l'armée, quand nous étions conscrits" "Notre relation liée au rugby a commencé à l'université: il était capitaine de l'équipe, et moi physiothérapeute" External link

ipreunion Friday, January 24, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Jacques Nienaber raconté ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : «J'ai rencontré Rassie à l'armée, quand nous étions conscrits» «Notre relation liée au rugby a commencé à l'université: il était capitaine de l'équipe, et moi physiothérapeute» External link

la-croix Friday, January 24, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Lyndon Bray added ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "The refereeing team had a very inspiring and thought-provoking presentation from the Rugby World Cup 2019 winning coach, Rassie Erasmus of the Springboks. There was also a presentation from SuperSport commentators, highlighting how the tournament is broadcast and promoted, and designed to help the referees to understand how they and the tournament are perceived within the sports world. " External link

news24 Monday, January 20, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Johann van Graan said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “Rassie wanted the best people involved, so he wouldn’t have wanted Aled there if he’s not the very best,” External link

icWales Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

Matt Proudfoot explique ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie est arrivé avec un plan de jeu précis: s'appuyer sur les forces sud-africaines" External link

tv5 Monday, October 28, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT

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Rassie Erasmus said : “Local derbies are like Springbok trials and when you play strength versus strength week in, week out, like the Rainbow Cup has been, then you expect a number of injuries,” “So every weekend has been quite nervous for us, fortunately there haven’t been too many injuries, but there are many niggles in the squad. We’ll have to reassess after the first couple of weeks” External link

citizen Monday, June 7, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted : “Duane has to be doubtful with his ankle. He’s on his way to Cape Town for scans. I spoke to Jake White (Bulls coach) and it looked bad. For Duane to limp off so early in a match is very unusual, so we are fearing the worst,” “But Jasper Wiese can play eighthman and we cannot ignore the form he is in, he was outstanding in the Premiership and he knocked the door down weekly. He is explosive and we’re really lucky that he’s versatile, he can play openside as well” External link

citizen Monday, June 7, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told ( about Duane Vermeulen ) : "Duane is a big worry for us," External link

icWales Monday, June 7, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Duane Vermeulen ) : “Duane is a big worry for us,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 7, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “He is here for a specific reason, because our lineout caller is Franco Mostert and he (Mostert) is one of the only guys who is 100% fit,” “Eben (Etzebeth) is not a No 5 lock. We have Marvin Orie there, but one injury, and we’re in trouble” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 7, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Sale Sharks ) : “The nice thing about the Sale set-up is that there are a lot of South African guys who have been in the mix,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 7, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "It would be nice, but I have been on the other side of the franchise coaching wagon and they are coaches with families, contracts, and performance clauses," External link

irishsun Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Morne Steyn ) : "That'll put a lot of coaches under pressure. [If] Morne Steyn had to rest in one game and didn't make the squad," External link

irishsun Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "I think the only guy people would not know is Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, who moved over to Montpellier at a really young age," External link

news24 Sunday, June 6, 2021 4:53:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The form Cornal is in, everyone can see that there must be some other reason for not choosing him,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The difference is Lood and RG have won the World Cup and the Rugby Championship,” “They have played 20 Tests with us and we know them. We know how to get them fit and we’ll know if they’re sharp” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have put together a very talented group of players, and we believe the vast experience in the group will complement the exciting bunch of youngsters. " External link

icWales Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:32:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I think we ended with a pretty even split between overseas and local and I think the public should still associate with the overseas players,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted : “Duane has to be doubtful with his ankle. He’s on his way to Cape Town for scans. I spoke to Jake White (Bulls coach) and it looked bad. For Duane to limp off so early in a match is very unusual, so we are fearing the worst,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 6, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have put together a very talented group of players, and we believe the vast experience in the group will complement the exciting bunch of youngsters. " External link

independent-ie Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have put together a very talented group of players, and we believe the vast experience in the group will complement the exciting bunch of youngsters," "Several players have been plying their trade abroad, and that has enabled them to rack up quality game time in top class competitions against world class opposition, many of whom were included in the Lions squad, while the locally-based players have also been able to build up quality game time over a number of competitions" External link

news24 Saturday, June 5, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It might be the first time that altitude will not play a role,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Luckily me and Jacques have been working together since 1992 so that has helped a lot. We haven’t had the advantage of playing in Six Nations and those kinds of things to see our players in those top-class competitions,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I must say the advantage we do have, for the first time probably as a result of our currency being weak, is our players playing all over the world,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In terms of the planning with that, having Felix in Dublin and having Andy in London with the overseas-based players there has helped. They have visited all those guys,” “But not being able to sit there with the guys, see the reaction when you make a plan or a suggestion, that is something that is missing” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In South Africa, we have long been dealing with stuff like that and we have our own programme called Radar since 2019 which is against racism, our own programme which we initiated long before the other debates started in the world so we are very comfortable (with that),” “We will still follow that specific programme, which was well documented well before all the other things started happening. "We are happy with the route we are going and how our team is experiencing it, how we are aligned and where we are trying to get with it, so we will stick with our programme on that” External link

icWales Monday, May 31, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have eight players in the squad and five are backs, and their coach, Gregor Townsend, is the Lions' attack coach. That says a lot," "The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style" External link

irishsun Sunday, May 30, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," External link

irishsun Sunday, May 30, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have eight players in the squad and five are backs, and their coach, Gregor Townsend, is the Lions' attack coach. That says a lot," "The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style" External link

news24 Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," External link

news24 Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Gregor Townsend ) : “The way Warren has picked this side and his support staff, the way he has selected his squad, his backline and with Gregor Townsend in there, I think he has something up his sleeve,” “I don't think we will see this battle of attrition and grinding it out like in the World Cup. I think he has other plans” External link

themirror Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We've accepted the fact that we'll never be able to compete with other currencies. We of course never encourage a local player to go overseas, it's just that we can't afford some of them," External link

news24 Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The players they have chosen won’t have any influence on our selection coming up next weekend, but if you look at the Lions squad, it’s fairly evenly spread between the four countries,” External link

citizen Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told ( about Gregor Townsend ) : "Scotland have got eight players in the squad and five of them are backline players. Gregor Townsend is the attack coach. That must tell you something," External link

icWales Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “It was really special to play my first Test in the third match of that series, but I was 24-years-old and maybe didn’t understand as much how special it was,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We’re preparing as if there will be no crowds, which will have a massive effect on how it feels at the ground, in terms of home advantage and on the way we communicate. But most of the players have experienced this before,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 9:17:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It might be the first time that altitude will not play a role,” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We last played in 2019, so more recently than them,” “Yes, it is a challenge and we haven’t played a lot together but we are almost in the same boat as the Lions who have to put four countries together with four different game plans, styles and cultures whereas we have one. It’s not ideal but it’s not the end of the world” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Warren Gatland ) : “It’s interesting the way Warren has selected that squad,” “In winter at altitude I think those boys - and Sam Simmonds specifically - can move. I don’t know the selection policy but it looks like a good pack to me. The Lions is such a special thing. The World Cup is the pinnacle but, hell, it’s bloody close” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We still have hope and we’re still asking but it is a long shot,” External link

guardian Friday, May 28, 2021 7:58:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The Springbok squad and wider group that will be involved have either been vaccinated already, or will be vaccinated in the coming days,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 28, 2021 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “A guy like Salmaan [Moerat, Stormers lock], who was doing really well and we were excited about that, but unfortunately it’s now touch and go whether he will be available due to injury,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 28, 2021 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys. There is wonderful talent available to us, and many have been playing top-level rugby overseas. So that’s been very encouraging,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 28, 2021 6:15:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In a way we are lucky to have players all over the world because our players in South Africa have just been playing against each other,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 5:24:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The British and Irish Lions haven’t played together at all since their last Test together in 2017, so they also have that same sort of disadvantage as us,” External link

independent-UK Friday, May 28, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The British and Irish Lions haven’t played together at all since their last Test together in 2017, so they also have that same sort of disadvantage as us,” External link

chesterfirst Friday, May 28, 2021 5:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have eight players in the squad and five are backs, and their coach, Gregor Townsend, is the Lions' attack coach. That says a lot," "The Lions also have a fast, quick pack. The props and loose forwards are mobile guys. It looks like (head coach) Warren Gatland is working on an expansive style" External link

afp-en Friday, May 28, 2021 4:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There are definitely a few young guns who are in the mix along with the older or more familiar guys," External link

afp-en Friday, May 28, 2021 4:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The matches will be on the Friday nights so that they don't clash with the provincial British and Irish Lions games on the Saturday and we're awaiting for those Test match venues to be announced," External link

news24 Friday, May 28, 2021 3:04:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus tells : “They’re playing to put rugby on the map,” External link

guardian Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:43:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Blacks ) : “Playing the All Blacks in their backyard is a massive challenge, Argentina showed their growing stature last year while the Wallabies are always tough opponents, especially on their home turf,” “There is a great rivalry between us, but we also have a lot of respect for each other and have built good friendships over many years of southern hemisphere competition,” External link

citizen Friday, May 21, 2021 7:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Blacks ) : “Following the unfortunate Covid-related disruptions of last year, we are very much looking forward to resume playing against the Pumas, Wallabies and the All Blacks,” External link

citizen Friday, May 21, 2021 12:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to Covid-19" External link

modernghana Monday, May 10, 2021 9:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Nothing beats a full-blooded international to test your skill set, readiness and ability under pressure, and we are delighted to have this opportunity before the Lions series,” External link

citizen Monday, May 10, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Jacques and his team have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

citizen Monday, May 10, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to COVID-19" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 10, 2021 4:35:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Nothing beats a full-blooded international to test your skill set, readiness and ability under pressure, and we are delighted to have this opportunity before the Lions series," "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible, and the Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic" External link

news24 Monday, May 10, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to Covid-19" External link

yahoo-au Monday, May 10, 2021 2:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Jacques, his coaching staff and management have been working around the clock to get the team as well prepared as possible," "The Georgia series is a much-needed opportunity after such a long and unforeseen interruption due to Covid-19" External link

afp-en Monday, May 10, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about British ) : "We'll have to wait a bit longer to face the best club sides of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, but in the meantime we've got a tough competition that will hopefully prepare our players for what promises to be a massive series against the British & Irish Lions," External link

news24 Friday, April 23, 2021 10:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Neil Powell ) : “The quality of training and accommodation facilities‚ the easy and accessible location of all training amenities and the great weather makes it a top-class training venue‚” “All their facilities are world-class and will ensure an excellent environment for Neil Powell and his squad to complete their pretournament preparations” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We are planning as if these are going [ahead] because that’s the only thing we can do,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “With a very busy and demanding international season looming, it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Felix Jones ) : “The local players will meet up with the coaches, medical and conditioning staff and rest of the management over the next two weeks, while we have similar plans for our European and Japanese-based players, with Felix Jones hosting sessions in the UK and France and the Japanese based-players joining us on virtual meetings,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "With a very busy and demanding international season looming, it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible," External link

icWales Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Although Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so – keeping tabs on their performances, injury recovery and general wellbeing - we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment," External link

japantoday Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:20:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “With a very busy and demanding international season looming‚ it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible‚” “Though Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so — keeping tabs on their performances‚ injury recovery and general wellbeing — we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Felix Jones ) : “The local players will meet the coaches‚ medical and conditioning staff and [the] rest of the management over the next two weeks‚ while we have similar plans for our European and Japanese-based players‚ with Felix Jones hosting sessions in the UK and France and the Japanese-based players joining us on virtual meetings‚” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Although Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so – keeping tabs on their performances, injury recovery and general wellbeing - we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “With a very busy and demanding international season looming, it is important we get everyone aligned as soon as possible,” “Although Jacques and his coaching staff have been in constant communication with the players throughout the past 15 months or so – keeping tabs on their performances, injury recovery and general well-being – we are now very excited and looking forward to meeting the players in a familiar team environment” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Felix Jones ) : “The local players will meet up with the coaches, medical and conditioning staff and rest of the management over the next two weeks, while we have similar plans for our European and Japanese-based players, with Felix Jones hosting sessions in the UK and France and the Japanese based-players joining us on virtual meetings,” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus recalls : “When the High Performance Centre was being built, Axel always wanted that office, it was right next to mine,” External link

independent-ie Saturday, April 3, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "I really want to commend the teams, match officials and our broadcast partner for the positive spirit in which they accepted and implemented our recommendations," External link

news24 Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:06:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The teams and the players embraced our intention to speed up the game, and here the various caches as well as SuperSport played a big role in making this happen," "The result was less 'ball out of play' and more action, a willingness from teams to have a go at more attacking options and displaying their skills, which led to more tries being scored and hopefully a much more attractive TV product" External link

news24 Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:06:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted : “We don’t have the correct pathways at school level,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The headmaster and the school decides whether rugby is offered to the girls,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “In the past, the ladies might only play three or four games in the Premier Division each season,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained : “They only play a single round of matches in the second-tier tournament,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We are certainly not blaming anyone for what happened and we know there were many mitigating factors as we tried to resurrect the local game in the face of the COVID-pandemic,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We want to see a change in mentality from our players in terms of speeding up the game,” External link

citizen Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have a rugby department and had a manager for women’s rugby, and we had done as much as we knew but we realised we lacked expertise and experience in the women’s high performance area,” External link

guardian-ng Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:39:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have a rugby department and had a manager for women’s rugby, and we had done as much as we knew but we realised we lacked expertise and experience in the women’s high performance area,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Lynne Cantwell ) : “The Rugby World Cup this year will probably be a good measurement for us to see where we actually are. We’ve got a fairly good idea, after discussing with Lynne and knowing what platinum standard programmes look like, that we’re fairly far behind,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 19, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus added : “We’re in a very tough pool with Fiji, England and France. At the tournament, Fiji would be the goal for us, to try and beat them. Then really make a good account of ourselves against the other two, who are ranked number two and three in the world,” “The squad is relatively young and a lot of them can make the next World Cup. So, getting out of this World Cup, and just measuring the different sections and departments; where are we in defence, where are we in planning, where are we in fitness, where are we in attack… Then from there set ourselves realistic goals” External link

dailymaverick Friday, February 19, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have a rugby department and had a manager for women’s rugby, and we had done as much as we knew but we realised we lacked expertise and experience in the women’s high performance area,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Whatever we have to do to play the Lions series, we will do,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, February 8, 2021 1:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "Any option we can get not to lose the Lions tour, we’ll take," External link

news24 Saturday, January 23, 2021 2:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “People mention how much ball-in-play time is down, and we [rugby department] are aware of it. Myself, [Springbok coach] Jacques Nienaber and his staff are also analysing the numbers every week,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We owed our sponsors and broadcasters a lot for sticking with us [through 2020] and we wanted to crown a champion before we stepped out of Super Rugby,” “Carling came on as a sponsor of the Currie Cup and in year one of their deal, it had to be played with no crowds. They stuck with us. We have to play” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Whatever we have to do to play the Lions series, we will do,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "If the Rainbow Cup gets cancelled, there is an opportunity for the Franchise Cup or the tournament where the franchises play, it might be played differently. However, we can only know once we know what will happen with the Rainbow Cup," "All of those things are being pushed back to the end of the month or the beginning of February with regards to decisions. The competition where the franchises will play against each other to get ready will be vital to get the guys who are underplayed to be ready while those who are overplayed so that we can start the PRO16 on an even keel" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:55:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "If there's a breakthrough, the Cheetahs would like to announce it on their own time along with all the other factors that are relevant," External link

news24 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We don't share that information enough to be honest and that creates the perception that we leave franchises out in the cold," External link

news24 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The 2020 Carling Currie Cup was certainly an anomaly with the Covid-19 pandemic creating a cloud of uncertainty both in terms of training and the match schedule‚” External link

businessday Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The final will be played, even if it's not played on January 30. It's only two teams that are involved there because with the semi-finals, there are more teams and the roll-on effect will be different. If the final can't be played on the Saturday, it will be moved to the Sunday or the Monday," "We will play a Currie Cup final. The players need to have a three-week off-season and for the teams to be ready for the PRO16, which is the Rainbow Cup as an interim competition going into the PRO16" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The teams that can't participate this weekend will not be able to go to the final because we've moved the playoffs by a week already. The knock-on effect that'll have on our season will be tremendous. If both teams can't play, the team with most league points will go through. We want teams to submit at the same time to avoid the pointing of fingers," External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "If you had a Super Rugby Unlocked of just six games and one game was cancelled because of Covid-19, it would have a massive impact. If the Currie Cup was only six games and if any game got cancelled, it's two points each, so it would have a massive impact, which makes me get why there's a narrative of the competition's integrity being questioned. The carrying over of the points was to ensure that the teams get the best chance of getting to the playoffs," "We tried to protect the integrity of the tournaments even though we had a certain cut-off date for the Super Rugby tournament. The tournament was a double-round, home and away, so no team could complain. For the first time since 2005, we had all the local Springboks available. We didn't tell any franchise how many minutes players of national interest should play because of a lack of a target date for Test matches" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "During the whole season, out of an average squad of 15, there were eight percent positive tests, which is about four players weekly. That was during a quiet time. At the peak, it went up to 20 percent, which was about 10 players per team. Out of 44, there were five cancelled games, which isn't a lot," "In the (English) Premiership, if you didn't have enough players, they gave the opposition the five league points and 28 points. That was a massive thing, but they have adjusted that" External link

irishsun Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We desperately want to play them," External link

japantoday Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:03:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We desperately want to play the Lions and will do anything to play them,” External link

guardian Monday, January 18, 2021 10:02:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We desperately want to play them and we'll do anything to play them," External link

nampa Monday, January 18, 2021 9:55:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We desperately want to play and will do anything it takes," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 18, 2021 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "Any option we can get not to lose the Lions tour, we’ll take," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We would love to play the Lions. We're desperate to play them, and we’ll do anything. We know this opportunity only comes around every 12 years," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The frustration is unbelievable, with due respect. It's not a patch on the challenges our Covid victims and frontline workers have experienced, but it's been difficult for us too," "We wanted to go play in the Rugby Championship. We wanted to play Scotland and co last year. It’s tough, players lose hope, veterans question whether they should’ve stayed on in South Africa to play in this series. It’s important to make this happen" External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I did have Covid-19 and I’m on day 23 now. My wife and I contracted it, along with the kids. Their symptoms were just about losing taste and they didn’t feel sick,” “For five to six days, we were pretty bad. That was from about days nine to 14. I think at the time we were pretty bad and down and out. I was really worried because some of us have underlying illnesses. The only thing that’s left now ... is the low heart rate” External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s one of the side-effects, one that I definitely shouldn’t be having, being as fat as I am apparently. I just have headaches, but there are people who have had worse. At this stage though we are going reasonably well,” External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We desperately want to play the Lions and we will do anything to play them," External link

independent-ie Monday, January 18, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We desperately want to play them,” External link

eagletribune Monday, January 18, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The 2020 Carling Currie Cup was certainly an anomaly with the COVID-19 pandemic creating a cloud of uncertainty both in terms of training and the match schedule,” External link

citizen Monday, January 18, 2021 6:16:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We desperately want to play and will do anything it takes," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 18, 2021 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "The 2020 Currie Cup was certainly an anomaly with the Covid-19 pandemic creating a cloud of uncertainty both in terms of training and the match schedule," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The integrity of the Currie Cup was key in our discussions and the communication and co-operation between the four teams in the semi-finals is appreciated,” External link

citizen Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The integrity of the Carling Currie Cup was key in our discussions and the communication and co-operation between the four teams in the semi-finals is appreciated,” External link

news24 Friday, January 8, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I would like to thank the semi-finalists for their co-operation in ensuring that we can see the season play out the way it should in spite of these challenging times with a champion being crowned in the next few weeks,” External link

news24 Friday, January 8, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus estimé : "Cela va permettre à nos équipes du Super Rugby de revenir dans le concert international après un an d'absence et cela aura lieu dans une période idéale afin de se préparer à la tournée des Lions britanniques et irlandais" External link

tv5 Wednesday, December 23, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special," External link

japantoday Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special,” External link

businessday Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 8, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat," "Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd" External link

polandsun Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat," "Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd" External link

irishsun Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Scotland have established themselves as a very tough and difficult side to beat,” “Our last meeting two years ago went down to the wire and they will definitely be another huge threat, especially playing at home in front of a passionate Scottish crowd” External link

news24 Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "I will never forget the chat we had, that changed my mindset a lot and helped with the success that I personally had as a coach," "The whole of South Africa congratulates and thanks you, you've been a great example to everyone on and off the field" External link

icWales Friday, November 27, 2020 11:26:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I appreciate the award and the acknowledgement and I want to say thanks to everyone involved in staging the awards,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “I appreciate the award and the acknowledgement and I want to say thanks to everyone involved in staging the awards,” External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus replied ( about British ) : “Our planning is in place and we are looking good for next year’s British & Irish Lions tour. Our big challenge at the moment is that we want to transform that (RWC-winning) happiness into real hope and to do that we have to keep on winning as a team” External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s astonishing‚ really. I will never forget the amazing welcome scenes at the airport‚ or the many thousands of people that came out to share in the team’s joy during the victory parades. One year later‚ people still say how they enjoyed the win and how proud they are of that achievement‚” External link

businessday Monday, November 2, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It was a full-on team effort‚ from players to coaches and management staff, they all worked incredibly hard and made many sacrifices to make that success a reality‚” External link

businessday Monday, November 2, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s astonishing, really. I will never forget the amazing welcome scenes at the airport or the many thousands of people that came out to share in the team’s joy during the victory parades,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, November 2, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “And, one year later, people still say how they enjoyed the win and how proud they are of that achievement. It was a full-on team effort, from players to coaches and management staff – they all worked incredibly hard and made many sacrifices to make that success a reality,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, November 2, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "It was a full-on team effort, from players to coaches and management staff - they all worked incredibly hard and made many sacrifices to make that success a reality," External link

news24 Monday, November 2, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "On the back of your jersey, there are numbers where you could have photos of family members. He only had photos of himself," External link

irishsun Monday, November 2, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Wales are not softies like Ireland,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 31, 2020 2:07:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : “They are not softies, they’re not like Ireland,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match,” External link

citizen Saturday, October 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, October 16, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match,” External link

citizen Friday, October 16, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match," External link

icWales Friday, October 16, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We worked out that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of game time before they could be ready for a Test match," External link

news24 Friday, October 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months,” External link

japantoday Friday, October 16, 2020 1:05:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We desperately want to play. The thought of a whole year going by without the Springboks playing a Test is terrible. " External link

modernghana Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months,” External link

tribtown Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We desperately want to play. The thought of a whole year going by without the Springboks playing a Test is terrible. " External link

afp-en Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The English clubs will be in their semifinals and final and we haven’t got a clear answer over when their players will be available,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 11, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Because South Africa was in a really hard lockdown, we have to get five to six games into the players before it is safe for them from an injury perspective,” “These players will be away from home for so long, and living in a bubble. And then when they return from Australia, they will have to quarantine again,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 11, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

news24 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “In terms of a team man and someone who served the side, Elton (Jantjies) really stood out at the World Cup in the way he helped us prepare,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:11:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We agreed that, between us as coaches, we are going to share a lot of the Springbok environment with the players: how we do things, how we analyse things, how we plan a week, how we analyse the opposition," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We are going to try and overload them with the Springbok way of working but we are not gonna overload them with the Springbok way of playing," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We agreed that, between us as coaches, we are going to share a lot of the Springbok environment with the players: how we do things, how we analyse things, how we plan a week, how we analyse the opposition," External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We are going to try and overload them with the Springbok way of working but we are not gonna overload them with the Springbok way of playing," External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “I listened to all the meetings where Jacques explained to them how team selection works, how you get in a Bok team, and what we are rating you on,” “It’s about getting to meet the players and getting to know their characters” External link

citizen Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : "I've got lots of faith in Elton," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Yes, losing Pollard is always a massive blow," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Because South Africa was in a really hard lockdown, we have to get five to six games into the players before it is safe for them from an injury perspective,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We are trying to find solutions for what we can do. If we are lucky to get players who have over 200 minutes, you probably can play against each other because you will have a squad of 46,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The English clubs will be in their semi-finals and final and we haven’t got a clear answer over when their players will be available,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “Handre’s knee injury is a big blow, but I don’t think there was anybody more of a team man at the World Cup than Elton, while the others also played big roles,” “He helped us win that World Cup while only playing three games and when we went to the 6/2 split he was just unbelievable” External link

citizen Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We have to take like four looseheads and four hookers for instance, as when a player gets injured and we have to call up someone he will have to go into isolation,” “The overseas players also arrive two weeks after us because of their competition, and then in our first match they will be in quarantine, but we are trying hard to see how we can make it happen” External link

citizen Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "For us as coaches and players, you can get on a plane, sleep on it and actually play the next day," "That's nice, for broadcasting and for your own planning. There are regular flights that you can get everywhere" External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "You will play against countries' best players who are normally ranked high on the world rankings. I don't want to make this a rule of thumb because we were ranked No 7 not long ago," External link

irishsun Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "For us as coaches and players, you can get on a plane, sleep on it and actually play the next day," "That's nice, for broadcasting and for your own planning. There are regular flights that you can get everywhere" External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "You will play against countries' best players who are normally ranked high on the world rankings. I don't want to make this a rule of thumb because we were ranked No 7 not long ago," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Players probably need 500 minutes of game-time to be safe," External link

news24 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We desperately want to play, it will be terrible to go a year without the Springboks playing,” External link

gulf-times Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:00:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

japantoday Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Players probably need 500 minutes of game-time to be safe," External link

japantoday Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "We desperately want to play, it will be terrible to go a year without the Springboks playing," External link

newshub Monday, September 28, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "There was a miscommunication and he couldn't get onto his flight. But there can be many reasons for that," External link

polandsun Monday, September 28, 2020 9:16:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We agreed as coaches that we are going to share a lot with the players in terms of the Springbok environment,” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Our message to the players this week is that they should use this opportunity to understand the way we work,” “What they don’t remember by Friday night they should forget, and they need to showcase their individual skills because that is what we would like to see. There won’t be a specific game plan, so it won’t be a Springbok blueprint imprinted in the players’ minds” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months," External link

afp-en Monday, September 28, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Players probably need 500 minutes of game-time to be safe," External link

afp-en Monday, September 28, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “I can’t think of a better team man than Elton Jantjies and he stood out at the Rugby World Cup. The way he helped us to win the World Cup despite playing in only three games with the six/two split was immense,” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Elton Jantjies ) : “I have lots of faith in Elton and when he played with structure and with a good pack‚ he’s unbelievable. In my opinion‚ Elton would be the immediate first choice just on his potential and proven performance‚” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Players with 400-plus minutes that we need to be competitive‚ safe and are able to play in a high performance environment are the overseas-based players. Only one of the guys there has more than that‚ but there’s at least two weeks to go‚ so the target could be hit‚” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “We desperately want to play because it would be terrible to have a year with no Test rugby. But we’ve had no clear answer from the English clubs about their semi-finals and final, we have to take a massive squad because you need four players in each key position and we all have to arrive at the same time because of two weeks quarantine, during which we can practise together,” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : “The science tells us that the players need five or six games, 400-500 minutes, before playing Test rugby is safe because of the injury risk and player welfare,” “It’s a tough one because we know we have to go, but we just don’t know how it’s going to be possible. And we don’t have much time to sort it out, the decisions all have to be done by October 10. It’s a matter of high performance and player welfare, we want to be competitive but 240 minutes is the most our players will have” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “But then there’s also the risk of more injuries. And it’s not just your 15 players that you are worried about, it could be any of 30 guys on the field at any given time. Plus all 46 of the squad have played less than 200 minutes and have been under strict Lockdown, the toughest in the world. So there are a lot of problems with that as well! But ultimately the decision will be made for us,” External link

citizen Monday, September 28, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “During lockdown‚ Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings‚” External link

businessday Monday, September 28, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We desperately want to play, it will be terrible to go a year without the Springboks playing," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, September 28, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "We desperately want to go play. We want to play Springbok rugby and it would be terrible to go through a year without playing Test matches," External link

news24 Monday, September 28, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus added : "It's a bit of a logistics problem apart from not having your best team there for the first two weeks," External link

news24 Monday, September 28, 2020 4:36:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “During lockdown, Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings,” “However, nothing beats that feeling of being back in an actual team environment. Apart from the few training activities, which will not be heavily loaded, we will also spend a lot of time on aligning the players in both squads regarding our team objectives for Springbok Showdown” External link

dailymaverick Monday, September 28, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "During lockdown, Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings," External link

news24 Sunday, September 27, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “The draft picks exercise was a refreshing way to select the two squads for the game,” “Myself, Jacques and the coaches thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, but the tension of picking squads on live television wasn’t good for the nerves – I want to thank SuperSport for their support in this project and I hope our fans enjoyed something new on the South African rugby landscape” External link

citizen Friday, September 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “The Under-21 competition provides an important pipeline in our player development and scouting set-up, as well as a showcase for unions in terms of contracting senior players,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We’ve cast the net very wide for this match, which is a very exciting prospect. As Springbok coaches, we can’t wait to start working with the players,” External link

citizen Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We’ve cast the net very wide for this match, which is a very exciting prospect as Springbok coaches, we can’t wait to start working with the players,” External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Even if they don’t make the final squads, it shows that our pathway from junior to senior level as part of the EPD programme works very well and it was especially exciting to see many of these players getting opportunities at franchise level in the last two seasons,” External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus added : “This draft list is very dynamic and we’re working closely with the unions to determine players’ availability, so it’s not impossible that the names can still change before Friday, when we do the actual picks” External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Town Stadium ) : “It will be exciting – from the moment we select the squads, with a number of twists thrown in for good measure – through the build-up to the match and the actual encounter in Cape Town,” External link

citizen Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

citizen Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

guardian-ng Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in SA square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before‚ but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the past six months‚” External link

businessday Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

news24 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 7:01:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:54:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available talent in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake off the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months," "It will be exciting - from the moment we select the squads, with a number of twists thrown in for good measure - through the build-up to the match and the actual encounter in Cape Town," External link

afp-en Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This will not only be an opportunity to see the best of the best available in South Africa square off against each other in what promises to be something never seen before, but it will also provide the players with another valuable opportunity to shake of the rust and get the legs and lungs going after not playing any rugby in the last six months,” External link

africa-newsroom Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus points out : “People moan about transformation when they don’t even know what it’s about,” External link

citizen Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained : "At full-time, I actually felt embarrassed about it... also because I thought, how is it that I felt so entitled to winning it that I could even think it 'will be taken away from us' because I really thought it can't happen again because we have been through so much," External link

irishsun Monday, July 27, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus points out : "People moan about transformation when they don't even know what it’s about," External link

news24 Monday, July 27, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We asked South Africans to answer the call and to help the Springboks to raise funds for poverty relief and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during this campaign," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We asked South Africans to answer the call and to help the Springboks to raise funds for poverty relief and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during this campaign,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:20:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Andy Edwards ) : “Andy will bring with him a wealth of international knowledge from his time of working with a range of top-class coaches and players at Saracens, achieving success in England and in Europe,” “He comes highly recommended for what is an important role where you need someone with a proven record and international experience. During his time with Saracens he also worked with many South Africans playing for the club, which will help him to settle into the role” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, July 3, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “This is a superb cause and I am grateful to be able to play a small part in trying to help those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic,” External link

limerickleader Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "This is a superb cause and I am grateful to be able to play a small part in trying to help those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic," External link

irishsun Monday, May 25, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the United Kingdom,” “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that… the whole squad will be sad to see him go” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 6, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Since we started working again, everything is back to normal. In 1995 and 2007 we lost an opportunity, and I’m desperate to make sure we don’t [lose that opportunity] again,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, May 6, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go‚ he will also have our very best wishes for the future‚” “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability‚ but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go, he will also have our very best wishes for the future” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, May 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” “Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go, he will also have our very best wishes for the future” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus explained : "You can have the least amount of talent, but you have to be a warrior," External link

news24 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “From our side, we are really working so hard, and I want to guarantee our supporters, as soon as the Springboks are back on the field, we will make you proud, like we did last year,” “As we said last year, if we work hard and play well, and our fans keep on supporting us and the media reports well, we really are stronger together. And nothing should change because of this virus” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus admitted ( about Ekke Primauno ) : "I've got no doubt if we didn't take the 30 Test cap away last year, we wouldn't have won the World Cup," External link

news24 Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We have alignment camps, which we obviously do virtually now, daily with six or seven players with the coaches like Jacques. Before that we had alignment camps physically with the Lions and Bulls but Felix actually went to all the overseas players, who was in the reckoning and had alignment camps with them," "We wanted to eliminate the surprises when those guys fall back to us and that's a big role Felix plays for us" External link

news24 Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "He (Nienaber) reports to me and if it doesn't go well on the field I should be the guy who also takes the blame because I was one of the big drivers to get him there," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "He (Nienaber) reports to me and if it doesn’t go well on the field I should be the guy who also takes the blame because I was one of the big drivers to get him there," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Hilton Adonis (Manager: Training and Education at SA Rugby) and Louis Koen (Manager: High Performance Programmes), as well as their other colleagues who worked hard behind the scenes, must be commended for getting this initiative off the ground,” “The pilot webinar was a great success and created a lot of excitement among the coaches. This platform will enable us to continue with the training and education of our coaches even though we are in a period of self-isolation at the moment” External link

news24 Friday, April 3, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Speaking purely from a rugby point of view, we realise no-one could prepare for the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result, all of us in the game across the globe are in the same boat,” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:57:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "Speaking purely from a rugby point of view, we realise no one could prepare for the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result, all of us in the game across the globe are in the same boat," External link

news24 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:19:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "You don't have the right today to worry about your mistakes," External link

themirror Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus adds : "You are fighting, Siya, for the next Siya to not suffer like you suffered. " External link

themirror Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus says : "You don't have the right today to worry about your mistakes," External link

icWales Monday, February 10, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “Building a quality Springbok Women’s team and developing women’s rugby in general are among our top priorities at SA Rugby, so it was exciting to receive the dates for the 2021 Rugby World Cup,” External link

AfricaNews-English Wednesday, February 5, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

timesofmalta Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about,” External link

irishexaminer Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques will be responsible for the test match preparation and day-to-day team operations but, as the director of rugby, I will be with the team for the majority of the time and in the coaches' box with Jacques at matches," External link

newshub Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:55:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free me up to think a little bit more strategically," "I will be there in the coaches box with him during matches. I will be accountable if the Springboks don't win" External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

modernghana Friday, January 24, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

polandsun Friday, January 24, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Matt Proudfoot ) : "Matt did a brilliant job with our pack and I'd like to thank him from me, the team and SA Rugby," External link

polandsun Friday, January 24, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

afp-en Friday, January 24, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "By appointing a head coach now, it will free up myself to think a little bit more strategic," External link

afp-en Friday, January 24, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : "From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach -- what a story," External link

afp-en Friday, January 24, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 24, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : “I’ll still be responsible for the strategy and results with Jacques taking operational control. The structure allows the director of rugby to spend more time on other aspects of the role,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 24, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Matt Proudfoot ) : “Matt did a brilliant job with our pack and I’d like to thank him from me, the team and SA Rugby,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, January 24, 2020 4:49:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

nation-ke Friday, January 24, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

afp-english Friday, January 24, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

yahoo-au Friday, January 24, 2020 4:14:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said ( about Jacques Nienaber ) : "Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about," External link

nampa Friday, January 24, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : "We may not be favourites but these players will leave nothing in the tank," External link

ibtimes-uk Monday, December 23, 2019 8:45:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : “In all honesty, the reason for that warm-up game was to erase the Brighton game, so that if we do play them in play-off games, that game hopefully doesn’t get mentioned again,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus told : “This game is going to be decided by the forwards and at the set phases and we wanted to maximise our options in those battles,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:25:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus said : “We brought the Webb Ellis Cup home for all South Africans and we really wish we could go everywhere to thank our supporters, but unfortunately logistics and time constraints doesn’t allow for that to happen this time,” External link

thecourier Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:19:00 AM EAT

Rassie Erasmus souligné ( about Dan Cole ) : “Je ne pense pas que Dan Cole ou d’autres sont mauvais en mêlée, mais je pense que surtout nos gars étaient plus frais” External link

AfricaNews-French Saturday, November 2, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus dijo : “Es fácil hablar de haber pasado momentos difíciles y sufrir para recibir oportunidades” “Pero es duro cuando hay días que debes pasar hambre, no puedes ir a la escuela o ponerte zapatos” External link

wsoctv Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:06:00 PM EAT

Rassie Erasmus déclare : "Ces deux dernières années, les joueurs ont pris conscience de ce que voulait dire être un joueur de rugby professionnel" External link

tv5 Monday, October 28, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT



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Van Rooyen said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "It's an unbelievably good decision that's been made by Rassie (Erasmus) and co," External link

news24 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:42:00 PM EAT

Mary Alexander said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie Erasmus (director if rugby) and them are looking at having a few games for us," External link

news24 Friday, November 6, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Mary Alexander said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie Erasmus (director if rugby) and them are looking at having a few games for us," External link

irishsun Friday, November 6, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Simon Easterby said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “If that’s Rassie’s opinion then clearly that’s something that he has used to try and motivate his players to put in a performance against the Welsh,” External link

thejournal Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Warren Gatland said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Those are kind of the times we are in at the moment," "I can understand from Rassie's point of view, they hadn't had a lot of domestic rugby, so they felt they were going down to Australia being undercooked and understandably not wanting to expose themselves. "They talked about an injury risk, I am not too sure that was the case, but that's their prerogative and they felt they needed more rugby. "But what they are going to do - internally or externally - ahead of the Lions, I am not too sure, so it is a bit of a wait and see" External link

bbc Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Frans Malherbe stated ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “No [it wasn’t difficult to deal with], not from my perspective. The one thing that made it work so easily is Russell. The type of guy he is and slotting in, it almost felt like this is just another member of the management,” “In the beginning [coach] Rassie [Erasmus] told us about Russell and what he would do, then he [Belter] slotted in immediately. We just got used to it and accepted it” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, October 21, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Elton Jantjies said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie phoned me earlier this week asking me about this fight I was going to be having with Cornal (Hendricks)," "He wanted to know what was happening and was worried I might get injured" External link

news24 Friday, September 4, 2020 8:15:00 PM EAT

Jurie Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

irishsun Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

irishsun Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Jurie Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

news24 Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

news24 Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Jurie Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Ultimately it will be a rugby decision, so I will lean heavily on our director of rugby (Rassie Erasmus) and the Springbok coach. " External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Whether Super Rugby still makes commercial sense from a broadcasting perspective if you consult unions, absolutely. But we have to look at it as a whole. In my opinion, it serves a purpose. I believe we're strong because we play New Zealand, Australia and Argentina," "But when it comes to that element, I knock on the door and ask Rassie. If I start giving opinions on the strength of our rugby, we'll be in deep trouble and never win a World Cup again. I stick to the admin side" External link

news24 Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Roux said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “Maybe some elements we may need to change, especially around the coaches. Rassie Erasmus did present us with a plan around the fast-tracking of black coaches. We’ll look at that plan more seriously and we’ll address the issues that are there,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 21, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Francois Louw said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie does not want everybody talking about him because his outlook is that everything is about team success and not individual issues. " External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Francois Louw said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie does not want everybody talking about him because his outlook is that everything is about team success and not individual issues. " External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:30:00 PM EAT

Francois Louw said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie does not want everybody talking about him because his outlook is that everything is about team success and not individual issues. " External link

afp-en Saturday, June 27, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT

Jacques Nienaber says ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "You can continue to analyse a lot, but when you start delivering you have to be crystal clear in what you want to get through. The biggest thing that Rassie got through to the players in the World Cup was clarity - there wasn't white noise," External link

news24 Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

Warren Gatland told ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Probably one of the guys I respect is Rassie Erasmus with South Africa. I really like his philosophy with the game and his attitude," External link

news24 Friday, April 10, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Warren Gatland told ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Probably one of the guys I respect is Rassie Erasmus with South Africa. I really like his philosophy with the game and his attitude," External link

irishsun Friday, April 10, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

James Dalton said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Going from fitness coach to Springbok head coach is debatable but we all know that Rassie Erasmus is still going to be the puppet master," External link

irishsun Friday, February 7, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Jacques Nienaber raconté ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "J'ai rencontré Rassie à l'armée, quand nous étions conscrits" "Notre relation liée au rugby a commencé à l'université: il était capitaine de l'équipe, et moi physiothérapeute" External link

ipreunion Friday, January 24, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Jacques Nienaber raconté ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : «J'ai rencontré Rassie à l'armée, quand nous étions conscrits» «Notre relation liée au rugby a commencé à l'université: il était capitaine de l'équipe, et moi physiothérapeute» External link

la-croix Friday, January 24, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Lyndon Bray added ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "The refereeing team had a very inspiring and thought-provoking presentation from the Rugby World Cup 2019 winning coach, Rassie Erasmus of the Springboks. There was also a presentation from SuperSport commentators, highlighting how the tournament is broadcast and promoted, and designed to help the referees to understand how they and the tournament are perceived within the sports world. " External link

news24 Monday, January 20, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Johann van Graan said ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : “Rassie wanted the best people involved, so he wouldn’t have wanted Aled there if he’s not the very best,” External link

icWales Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

Matt Proudfoot explique ( about Rassie Erasmus ) : "Rassie est arrivé avec un plan de jeu précis: s'appuyer sur les forces sud-africaines" External link

tv5 Monday, October 28, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT