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Bok legend Rassie Erasmus. Image: SuperSport

Rassie’s rant: From ‘Kolisi isn’t the biggest thing in SA’ to ‘you’re not f*cking clowns’

Rassie Erasmus was in a foul mood after the Springboks’ pool stage loss to Ireland at the World Cup and no players were spared his wrath during the debrief session.

Rassie Erasmus Springboks

Bok legend Rassie Erasmus. Image: SuperSport

In episode two of Chasing the Sun 2, viewers are treated to the debrief session following the Springboks’ agonising World Cup defeat to Ireland, and let’s just say Rassie Erasmus was in a foul mood.

The second episode of Chasing the Sun 2 aired on Sunday night and it focused primarily on the Springboks’ Pool B showdown against Ireland, who was the then top ranked Test team in the world.

Effectively, there wasn’t much riding on the result, because the game basically just served as a tie-breaker to determine which of the two teams would finish at the top of the pool table and which side would finish in second spot.

And yet, the Springboks’ sub-par performance and the subsequent result left Erasmus fuming. And that led to one of the biggest curse-filled debrief sessions at the tournament.


“There wasn’t enough pain on the players’ faces. There wasn’t enough regret. There wasn’t enough of a ‘hell, we f**ked this up’ on their faces.”

“Let’s prepare for some honesty. Next week, we might all be flying home.”

“Just because you or me, Rassie, were totally wrong, because nobody pulled me back in line. You’re not f**king clowns, you’re adults with children. A mom that worries about you, a dad that’s proud of you. A laaitie that looks up to you.”

““He must see you’re proud to play for the Springboks. For f*ck’s sake, we can be number one in the world. What the f*ck is wrong with you?” 

“Have you become bigger than the game? I promise you, Siya Kolisi isn’t the biggest thing in South Africa. South Africa is the biggest thing.”

“It’s not because we lost. It’s because it’s been brewing and brewing, irritating me. All these beautiful songs you sing: English, Xhosa, Afrikaans. You sing all of them, bit you’re false to pretend you’d die for your country. You will not.”

This chapter in the evolving rivalry between the Springboks and Ireland sets the tone nicely for when the two top-ranked sides in the world clash in two-Test series in South Africa later this year.

And what makes it even more enticing, is the fact that Rassie Erasmus has now taken over as Springbok head coach from Jacques Nienaber.



  • Saturday, 22 June: Springboks vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
  • Saturday, 6 July: SA vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
  • Saturday, 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
  • Saturday, 20 July: SA vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)
  • Saturday, 10 August: Australia vs Springboks (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
  • Saturday, 17 August: Australia vs SA (Optus Stadium, Perth)
  • Saturday, 31 August: Springboks vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
  • Saturday, 7 September: SA v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
  • Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v Springboks (venue TBC)
  • Saturday, 28 September: SA v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
  • Saturday, 10 November: Springboks v Scotland (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
  • 16/17 November: England v SA (Twickenham, London – date TBC)

*A report from French media outlet Midi Olympique has suggested France will face South Africa on 2 November.

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Ireland celebrate against the Springboks last year. Image by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP