Rassie Erasmus
Full names: Johan
Date of birth: 5 Nov 1972
Place of birth: Despatch
School: Despatch
Springbok no: 649
Debut test province: Cheetahs
Physical: 1.9m, 99.8kg
Current age: 51

Test summary: Tests: 36 Tries: 7
First Test: 5 Jul 1997 Age:24 Flank against Britain at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 23 Jun 2001 Age:28 Flank against France at Kingspark, Durban
Test history:
05 Jul 199724FlankBritainWin: 35-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgCheetahs
23 Aug 199724FlankAustraliaWin: 61-221 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaCheetahs
08 Nov 199725FlankItalyWin: 62-312 triesDall'Ara Stadium, BolognaCheetahs
15 Nov 199725FlankFranceWin: 36-32 Stade de Gerland, LyonCheetahs
22 Nov 199725FlankFranceWin: 52-10 Parc des Princes, ParisCheetahs
06 Dec 199725FlankScotlandWin: 68-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghCheetahs
13 Jun 199825FlankIrelandWin: 37-13 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinCheetahs
20 Jun 199825FlankIrelandWin: 33-01 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaCheetahs
27 Jun 199825FlankWalesWin: 96-131 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaCheetahs
04 Jul 199825FlankEnglandWin: 18-0 Newlands, Cape TownCheetahs
18 Jul 199825FlankAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthCheetahs
15 Aug 199825FlankNew ZealandWin: 24-23 Kingspark, DurbanCheetahs
22 Aug 199825FlankAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgCheetahs
14 Nov 199826FlankWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonCheetahs
21 Nov 199826FlankScotlandWin: 35-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghCheetahs
28 Nov 199826FlankIrelandWin: 27-131 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinCheetahs
05 Dec 199826FlankEnglandLose: 7-13 Twickenham, LondonCheetahs
12 Jun 199926FlankItalyWin: 74-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLions
19 Jun 199926FlankItalyWin: 101-0 Kingspark, DurbanLions
26 Jun 199926FlankWalesLose: 19-29 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
17 Jul 199926Flank (C)AustraliaLose: 6-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneLions
07 Aug 199926EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 18-34 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
14 Aug 199926EighthmanAustraliaWin: 10-9 Newlands, Cape TownLions
03 Oct 199926FlankScotlandWin: 46-29 Murrayfield, EdinburghLions
15 Oct 199926FlankUruguayWin: 39-3 Hampden Park, GlasgowLions
24 Oct 199926FlankEnglandWin: 44-21 Stade de France, ParisLions
30 Oct 199926FlankAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonLions
04 Nov 199926FlankNew ZealandWin: 22-18 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
10 Jun 200027FlankCanadaWin: 51-18 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonLions
17 Jun 200027FlankEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
08 Jul 200027FlankAustraliaLose: 23-44 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneLions
22 Jul 200027FlankNew ZealandLose: 12-25 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchLions
19 Aug 200027FlankNew ZealandWin: 46-40 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
26 Aug 200027FlankAustraliaLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanLions
16 Jun 200128FlankFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgCheetahs
23 Jun 200128FlankFranceWin: 20-15 Kingspark, DurbanCheetahs

Top 50 Boks: 37 – Rassie Erasmus : SARugby.com

Johan “Rassie” Erasmus made his international debut against the British & Irish Lions in Johannesburg on July 5, 1997 and scored the first of his seven tries in his second Test in the 61-22 drubbing of Australia in August that same year.

Erasmus possessed one of the best rugby brains of his generation and did extensive tactical analyses throughout his playing career. By 1998, he had established himself as a first choice flank and played in three of South Africa’s Tri-Nations winning Tests that year.

After the 1999 World Cup, where he played five matches for the Boks, he captained South Africa in the match against Australia in Brisbane on June 17. He played a further six Tests in 2000 and two in 2001, both against France. The 20-15 win in the second Test in Durban proved to be Erasmus’ last game for the Boks.

Erasmus made his provincial debut for the Free State Cheetahs in 1996 where he formed a devastating loose trio with the Venters, André and AJ. He moved to the Lions in 1999 and captained the Cats to the Super 12 semi-finals in 2000.

After his playing career, Erasmus went into coaching and guided the Cheetahs to Currie Cup glory in 2005 – the Bloemfontein-based union’s first Currie Cup title since 1976. The following year, his Cheetahs side shared the Currie Cup trophy with the Blue Bulls and he became the first ever coach of the Cheetahs Super Rugby franchise when they were accepted into the Super 14 that year.

In 2007, Erasmus served as technical adviser of the Springboks before he took up the position of coach of Western Province and the Stormers.


  • Member of the Springbok Tri-Nations winning squad, 1998
  • Captained the Springboks against Australia in Brisbane on June 17, 1999
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 2000