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SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: BackpagePix

England prop: I f***ing love Rassie!

England prop Joe Marler has come out in full support of Rassie Erasmus for being ‘authentic’ and staying ‘true’ to who he is.

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SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: BackpagePix

Earlier this year, an independent misconduct committee found that behaviour displayed by Rassie Erasmus towards match officials during this year’s Test series between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions officially constituted misconduct.


It followed the disciplinary hearing that was held after World Rugby charged Erasmus and SA Rugby in relation to an hour-long video that became public. In the video, Erasmus pointed out more than 25 incidents in which he felt the officials had made the incorrect decisions, while suggesting that Nic Berry had also shown disrespect towards captain Siya Kolisi.

As part of the judgement after World Rugby issues a charge of misconduct, Erasmus has been suspended with immediate effect from all rugby activities for two months.

In addition, he has been suspended from all match-day activities (including coaching, contact with match officials, and media engagement) with immediate effect until 30 September, 2022.

It’s seen Erasmus become somewhat of a polarising figure: extremely popular in South Africa, but also widely criticised in other parts of the rugby world for his conduct.

In an entertaining interview, England prop Joe Marler has since revealed what he would do if he was hypothetically appointed as the new World Rugby boss in 2023, and expressed his support for Erasmus.

“The first thing I’d do is install Rassie Erasmus as my right-hand man and the second thing I’d do is install Agustin Pichot as my left-hand man,” Marler told the Daily Mail.

“Rassie’s gold. He’s marmite but he’s got people talking about rugby,” Marler added. “I love him. I f***ing love him. I think Eddie Jones should start running the water on like Rassie does, although by the time he reaches the middle of the pitch the ref would already be telling him to get off!

“Rassie seems very true to himself. I’ve never met the bloke but I got his staff to pass on a bottle of red to him after we played South Africa in the autumn. He is who he is. He does what he wants. I love anyone who is authentic and stays true to who they are. You don’t have to agree with them.”