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Rassie reignites feud with Woodward

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has rekindled his rivalry with 2003 World Cup-winning England coach Clive Woodward on Twitter.


The verbal public feud between the two renowned coaches goes back to 2021 where England coach Woodward branded Erasmus ‘comical’ in his column for the Daily Mail after the Boks lost the first Test to the British and Irish Lions.

The Englishman also said rugby will be dead in five years if teams copy the Springboks’ style.

Erasmus did not hold back in 2021 when responding to Woodward’s criticism.

The 2019 World Cup-winning coach has thrown the occasional barb at Woodward on Twitter, often with just a smidgen of sarcasm involved.

However, this time Erasmus’ latest dig simply fell into his lap, as he quotes a segment from current England coach Eddie Jones’ latest book, Leadership.

In the book, Jones mentioned Woodward, although in a slightly more diplomatic fashion.


“It’s more dangerous when you become successful as a leader,” the Australian wrote.

“You can become fearful of losing your status in the coaching hierarchy. The temptation for some is to read what is being written or said about them. That path is a dead end. Imagine if I started reading Sir Clive Woodward in the Daily Mail, analysing what I should do next. Some people listen to the loudest dog in the yard. But you’re going to go even further off track then.

“They can make assumptions about you and your players. But those judgements are based on pure guesswork from an outsider. You should not pay close attention to them when deciding the course you need to follow.”

This was pure gold for the South African, who shared a photo of the segment in the book on Twitter alongside this caption: “Not sure if this is fake news.


“Apparently it’s in Eddie Jones’s book!! S**t it looks pretty accurate to me!!”

Erasmus even quoted one of his previous Tweets directed at Woodward just to lay it on with a trowel.

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