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Rassie Erasmus reveals his graphic injuries

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus shared graphic images of the injuries he sustained in a “freak accident” last month.


*Warning: Graphic images are below

On January 27, SA Rugby issued a statement saying that Erasmus was recovering in hospital “following a medical procedure for chemical burns”.

He suffered the burns after using a “powerful detergent”.

SA Rugby allayed fears by saying that the Bok boss was in good health and that he would resume his duties “within weeks”

Over the weekend, Erasmus took to social media to reveal the extent of his injuries while he was sharing his disappointment at not being able to attend a rugby event.

Erasmus, 51, who reached the 1999 World Cup semifinal as a player, masterminded South Africa’s back-to-back World Cup titles in 2019 and 2023.


Erasmus returned to his role as head coach following the departure of Jacques Nienaber last November.

He also held the dual roles of head coach and Director of Rugby leading up to and during the 2019 World Cup.

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