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Rassie: I Was an Arsehole for Two Years

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SA Rugby Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, is not a shrinking violet and he has a reputation for saying it like it is. In that spirit, he has released another of his Rugby World Cup team talks and it went viral on social media this week.

In the clip, he speaks of his time as a Springbok: “I went through two years when nobody told me ‘you’re being an absolute dick’. Where I was player of the year, good contract, great money...”

Ollie Keohane provides context: “...Erasmus...released a host of behind-the-scenes videos of various talks with the team. Among these videos was a two part series where he talks about the cycle of a Springbok player’s psyche, from desperation to entitlement.”

This is the sentiment that went viral on social media this week. We spotted it on Twitter, published in two separate tweets that follow on one another. It’s only a few minutes of video but it’s well worth the watch. You’ll find part one here and part two is here.

It lays bare, again, Erasmus’ honest and forthright approach to player management. And it shows how he was able to motivate and extract the best out of the group of players he had at his disposal.



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