Rassie battled 'serious condition' during World Cup
NEWS: South Africa Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus underwent chemotherapy for a serious condition in 2019.
According to the Rapport, Erasmus was battling the rare autoimmune disease called “microscopic polyangiitis with granulomatosis” throughout 2019, and he required treatment before and during the successful World Cup campaign.
“Rassie was treated for a serious condition in 2019, from which he has recovered,” a SA Rugby spokesperson told rugby365 on Sunday.
“He thanks people for their concern but wishes to keep the matter private.”
According to Erasmus’ doctor, Johan Theron, he developed a rare strain of the disease, which could have been fatal.
“He really doubted at one stage whether he would be able to push through with his position as Springbok coach,” Theron told the Rapport.
The report revealed that Rassie’s treatment was deemed a success in March this year.
The disease can severely impact organs like the lungs and kidneys.
Source: Rapport & News24
Not Sure I would know what to say to any other team before a W Cup Final. Not Happening !!! pic.twitter.com/eCyiMQDRkc
— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) February 9, 2020