Rassie Erasmus is the Head Coach of the South African Rugby Union team and Director of Rugby, South Africa. Erasmus is well known for his outspoken opinions and tactical nous. Under his leadership, the Springboks won the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, ending a 12-year championship drought. Erasmus has also had a successful coaching career at club level in both South Africa and Ireland. He was the head coach of Munster Rugby for several years, and during his tenure, the team reached two European Champions Cup finals.
As a player, he was a leading flanker for South Africa as well as several club teams throughout his career, including Free State Cheetahs, Western Province, and Munster Rugby in Ireland. He retired from playing in 2010, and since then, he has dedicated himself to coaching. Rassie: Stories of Life and Rugby is his first book.