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Rassie Erasmus makes public images of his chemical burns

By Ian Cameron
Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby at South Africa, arrives at the stadium prior to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between South Africa and Scotland at Stade Velodrome on September 10, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Michael Steele - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Rassie Erasmus has shared images on Twitter revealing the severe chemical burns he suffered in a freak accident involving a potent detergent product.


The South African rugby director of rugby is currently recuperating in a hospital after a medical procedure to address the burns. Despite the painful ordeal Erasmus remains in good health and optimistic about his recovery.

Last week SA Rugby issued the following statement: “Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, is recovering in hospital following a medical procedure for chemical burns sustained in a freak accident using a powerful detergent product. He is otherwise in good health and expects to return to full-time working within weeks.”

However the extent and severity of the damage done to Erasmus might take some by surprise.

He wrote “Wish I could be there be! Well done!! Almost healthy” to reply to a group of well wishers, alongside the images that showed the brutal extent of the damage done to his entire body.

The 51-year-old is expected back at work in the next few weeks.



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Rugby 138 days ago

Eina Rassie, there you go, amo for team motivation talk for the next RWC round. I will walk on broken glass for this team, I will bleed for this team … Ek sal my vel braai, en steeds daar wees vir jou.

Bob Marler 140 days ago

Damnit Rassie. My bliksem!

Sumkunn Tsadmiova 140 days ago

wens ek kon daar. wees! weldone!! amper gesond !

That’s probably a mild version of what I’d say if I’d dropped that stuff all over me. And I
don’t speak Afrikaans! 😊

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Turlough 5 hours ago
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“You want that – not hatred – but whatever it is that stirs it all up. It’s good.” Agree with this. If you can put a common motivating idea in all your players heads during a game it can produce a real Team perfromance. Erasmus is pretty expert at this. It is quite clear that the comments by Etzebeth, Allende and others were not coincidence and were actioned to create animoisty before the series in order to galvanise the South African mind set. While I understand it, I don’t like it. They result in unnessary vitriol between supporters and for what? I don’t think any of the SA players seriously believe any of these claims and with Ireland ignoring them Erasmus won’t get the escalation he seeks. The vitriol shown by some SA and indeed NZ supporters is extremely weird for NH supporters (OK, maybe England have felt it) but it just feels very odd over a sport. Ireland were more or less sh1t for the first 100 years of their rugby, they have improved significantly in the last 25 to be in a position around now (it may not last) to go into a match with the big guns with a real shot of winning. The reaction to this from some SH supporters has been bizarre with conspiracy theories of ‘Arrogance’ fueling abuse from supporters and even NZ players to Irish crowds during the world cup. I love International rugby and the comraderie between supporters. I genuinely dread and dislike the atmosphere around games with the southern giants. They take this very personally. NH teams: play them, try and beat them, enjoy the craic with their players and supporters and wish them well. SH teams wish them well and they call you arrogant in the press months later. Its just a matter of try and beat them and then good riddance til the next time.

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