Rassie Erasmus in hospital after ‘freak accident’

Rassie Erasmus in hospital after ‘freak accident’Images via Twitter: @rassierugby/ CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU, AFP

‘Clown’: Rassie claps back at Irish sports commentator [watch]

Rassie Erasmus clapped back at presenter Ger Gilroy who tried to smack-talk the Springboks boss’s comments about Ireland.

Rassie Erasmus in hospital after ‘freak accident’

Rassie Erasmus in hospital after ‘freak accident’Images via Twitter: @rassierugby/ CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU, AFP

SA Rugby’s Rassie Erasmus is known for his sharp tongue and strict approach when it comes to the Springboks. Which is why he wasn’t pulling any punches when it came to responding to criticism by an Irish sports presenter

Like Erasmus, Ger Gilroy did not mince his words over his opinions in the Off The Ball podcast.

Ireland ranked number one in the world for rugby, defeated the Springboks – in second position – during their Pool B clash last month. The Irish team will take on Scotland in a pool decider game this weekend to determine who will make it to the competition’s quarter-finals.

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In a snippet of the podcast, which has made waves online, Ger Gilroy mocked Rassie Erasmus’s comments about the Ireland rugby team.

Rassie said in a media briefing: “With full humbleness, and there is no arrogance saying this, but I’d rather sit here than be Ireland knowing that we’ve been number one in the world all the time and Scotland just have to beat them by eight points and they are out of the tournament.”

Gilroy took offence to Rassie’s “arrogance.” and “giant rugby brain.”

He said: “You could have just beaten us by 8 points if you wanted to….but you couldn’t do it, Rassie, could you?”.

Clapping back, Rassie sarcastically tweeted: “This man is so funny. How does he do that voice? Top entertainment [clown emoji]”.


Only two teams from five out of the Pool B group can progress to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Despite Tonga and Romania playing off this weekend, they are both effectively out of the competition after scoring zero points.

The Springboks are currently awaiting the pool decider between Scotland and Ireland to determine their fate.

Explaining what needs to happen, Rassie Erasmus told SA Rugby Mag: “If Scotland beats Ireland by eight points or more and Ireland doesn’t get a bonus point, then Ireland are out. Then, if all three teams finish on 15 log points, the team with the best point difference will go through.

He continued: “If Scotland has the best point difference, then we’ll fall out because Ireland defeated us, but for that to happen, Scotland must score four tries and beat Ireland by over 20 points, and Ireland must also get a bonus point. On the other hand, if Ireland has the best point difference, we’ll go through because we defeated Scotland”.