Rassie Erasmus shares RWC final pep talk and refutes England link [video]

Rassie Erasmus joined Twitter on Sunday 9 February and dropped a couple of massive tweets including a video of his Rugby World Cup final team talk.

Erasmus refuted claims that he was in discussions to become England coach.

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South Africa’s head coach Rassie Erasmus holds a ball prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Italy at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka on October 4, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

England Rugby have denied have any discussions have been had with Erasmus who remains director of rugby in South Africa.

“The reports are 100% inaccurate. There has been no meeting. There have been no talks whatsoever about any position at the RFU,” RFU CEO Bill Sweeney said as quoted by Rugby World.

Erasmus demands selfless Springboks

The video he posted of his team talk ahead of the Springboks 32-12 victory over England last November was captioned: “Not sure I would know what to say to any other team before a World Cup Final. Not Happening.”

Erasmus shared the video to give Springbok fans and the world insight into what went into the Rugby World Cup win and the coach’s philosophy.

The coach made it clear that the Springboks were playing for each other and the nation. 

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South Africa’s head coach Rassie Erasmus takes part in a training session at Fuchu Asahi Football Park in Tokyo on October 23, 2019, ahead of their Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final against Wales. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

He said: “If you play shit today you don’t have the right to drop your head, it’s not about you.

“You must stand up, if you lose a lineout, jump up and go the next one. If you miss a tackle you must jump up and go the next cleanout. If you miss a high ball, just think about the next one and go up for the next one.”

Erasmus made it clear that he wanted intensity and commitment from his Springbok team asking them to get into 120 battles and win 80 rather than going into 50 and losing just four.

It was a mindset that helped the Springboks blow England off the park in that Rugby World Cup Final.

The Director of Rugby shared several videos giving some insights into what goes into preparing the Springboks for international competition.

Erasmus shared a video where he spoke about the phases of becoming a Springbok and his understanding of what makes a player successful.

The former Bok coach promises to ‘share some proper stuff’ in his Twitter bio and so far he is living up to that with fans really appreciating the insights.

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