Rassie Erasmus has released more behind the scenes gold from South Africa’s Rugby World Cup triumph, admitting he used to be a “d**k” and a “virus” while playing for the Springboks.
The charismatic coach signed up to Twitter this week and has released three previously unseen videos of him addressing his players at last year’s tournament in Japan.
Former loose forward Erasmus turned the Springboks around from a rabble to a ruthless force as they upset Eddie Jones’s England in last year’s final to win South Africa’s third World Cup.
Erasmus has since moved into a new role as South Africa’s director of rugby.
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“Some guys understand, s**t, I must keep on sacrificing,” Erasmus began in the latest video, as he addressed his players in a team meeting.
“These are the guys, those that we say are has beens, because they don’t play a lot of rugby long, those entitled ones.
“This is that ownership part.
“You take ownership of this whole thing.
“S**t, I’m always going to sacrifice.
“I’m honoured, I’m desperate, I get the reward, but s**t, I’m taking ownership of this thing.
“I went through two years, and I said it to the Stormers last year, when nobody told me, you’re being an absolute d***.
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“I was player of the year, good contract, great money.
“I was starting every Test match, we were winning 17 Test matches in a row, but a guy called Harry Viljoen, who was a businessman who didn’t follow rugby.
“He eventually came in and had to just drop me.
“Then my buddies started telling me.
“I was like why is that guy dropping me?
“Because you’re an a**hole.’
“Because you’re so entitled Rassie.
“You’re a little bit of a virus in the team.
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“You’re getting everything but you’re moaning about training sessions.
“I was such a bad person that my wife also told me that.
“So if you don’t take ownership yourself about this — this ownership is also about the team.
“If you don’t have the balls to tell one of your teammates, hey, you’re being a d***, you’re being an a**hole’ in this entitled mode, then you’re also still not taking ownership.
“Boys, this is something that I’m going to show you later, this is a big part of our team selection.
“You can be the most brilliant rugby player, but if you’re this entitled person, and I’m not saying that there’s a s**tload of you sitting here, then you’re going to go through that.”