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Erasmus breaks the silence on Lions tour, Kolisi – and THAT video

South Africa’s rugby director Rassie Erasmus is candid about several issues that have influenced his life following last year’s tour of the British and Irish Lions to South Africa.

In a “tell all” interview with the Daily mailErasmus speaks on several issues during the tour, including the famous video criticizing referee Nic Berry after the first Test and its subsequent fallout, how the video affected his family life and how he hasn’t spoken to Lions coach Warren Gatland since.

Erasmus also reveals how he received criticism for appointing Siya Kolisi as the captain of the Springboks.

“Making Siya captain… there was a lot of trouble. The parents of my daughters’ friends would say, ‘Tell that damn father of yours to stop sucking for a paycheck.

“The struggle to get people to believe in Siya was a real struggle.”

Speaking of the hour-long video in which Erasmus points to several refereeing errors made by Berry, which cost the Bok rugby boss a World Rugby suspension, Erasmus says: “I’ve always been a little naughty and enjoyed a laugh, but I’ I’ve always been an honest guy. I didn’t leak that video.”

He adds, “I’ve never been a man of suits and ties who claims to be a saint.”

Also: “I am a sensitive boy. People think I’m a bully. I am not.”

Erasmus also reveals that his sister lives in Reading in England and works for the NHS, talks about the “water carrier” issues he faced during the Lions tour and how “sad” it is that he and Lions boss Warren Gatland still haven’t spoken to since their visit to South Africa.


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