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Rassie Erasmus breaks silence with new mysterious Tweet

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Clement Mahoudeau/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Springbok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has once again caused a stir on social media with a cryptic message that has left fans guessing.


On Sunday night, Erasmus tweeted: “Don’t believe everything you hear, probably all I can say.” The tweet has sparked speculation about what the Springbok boss could be referring to.

Some have speculated that it could be related to the recent rumours suggesting that Springbok No.8 Duane Vermeulen might end up coaching the Boks after the Rugby World Cup. Current Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has confirmed that he will join Leinster following the flagship event. Some reports have claimed that Erasmus will either leave the Springboks himself for a northern hemisphere role or – conversely – take over the reins of the South Africa national team once again.

However, Erasmus has gone on record before suggesting that in his role as DoR he does not have the ability to appoint coaches. He said as much in an angry voice message to Nick Mallett earlier this year in an online squabble with his fellow former Bok boss.

Despite the speculation, it remains unclear what Erasmus’ tweet is actually referring to. Whatever the case may be, it seems that Erasmus is not willing to reveal any more details at this time.

Erasmus is no stranger to controversy on social media. During the British and Irish Lions series two years ago, he used his Twitter account to criticize the officiating of the series. He also made headlines earlier this year when he posted a voice message on social media in which he criticized the media’s coverage of the Springboks.


Despite the controversy, Erasmus is widely respected within the rugby community. He led the Springboks to their third Rugby World Cup victory in 2019 and has been instrumental in the team’s recent success.


World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin, and World Rugby Director of Rugby, Phil Davies, met with Erasmus at the end of 2022 and held positive discussions regarding his social media comments and match official communications in general, and – the Mallett debacle aside – he’s been relatively quiet since.


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