Rassie Erasmus Springboks

Rassie Erasmus, SA director of rugby. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Rassie Erasmus follows two KEY accounts on Twitter (X)

Check out the two accounts that Rassie Erasmus follows on Twitter (X), which certainly have some World Cup significance.

Rassie Erasmus Springboks

Rassie Erasmus, SA director of rugby. Photo: SA Rugby website.

South African director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has become renowned for his regular use of social media, and particularly the platform X – formerly known as Twitter.

At various times, Erasmus often cleverly chooses to follow just one or two specific accounts – generally with some interesting subtext to his choices.

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Currently, Rassie follows the accounts of Ireland and Scotland – the two teams who will go head to head this weekend in a blockbuster World Cup pool match.

Of course, there has been a lot of talk about the playoff permutations, and how the Springboks could be eliminated if there was a certain result in the clash between Ireland and Scotland.

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Social media users were quick to see what Rassie Erasmus was up to

Boks ‘comfortable’ with position

Rugby Rassie Erasmus said on Monday he was comfortable with the Springboks’ log position after wrapping up their group phase of the Rugby World Cup with a 49-18 victory over Tonga on Sunday, to put them at the top of Pool B.

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The Springboks have 15 log points after four games. Ireland and Scotland – who face off in what will be a pool decider on Saturday – are on 14 and 10 points respectively. Erasmus explained a series of permutations that could come into play.

“If Scotland beat Ireland by eight points or more and Ireland don’t get a bonus point, then Ireland are out,” said Erasmus.

“Then, if all three teams finish on 15 log points, the team with the best points difference will go through. If Scotland have the best points difference, then we’ll fall out because Ireland defeated us, but for that to happen Scotland must score four tries and beat Ireland by more than 20 points, and Ireland must also get a bonus point.

“On the other hand, if Ireland have the best points difference, then we’ll go through because we defeated Scotland.”

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Erasmus added: “From our point of view, we did what we had to do to go through, and we now have time to prepare for the different possible scenarios. Some of us will prepare for the All Blacks, and others for France.

“But France and Italy still have to play, so we’ll have guys preparing for Italy as well. Italy in particular are used to facing the northern hemisphere teams, so there are still interesting permutations in the competition.”

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