Springboks mastermind Erasmus suffers chemical burns in freak accident

Erasmus, who guided the Springboks to consecutive World Cup victories, is getting well in the hospital.

Rugby director for South Africa, Rassie Erasmus, is recuperating in the hospital following an operation for chemical burns.

The 51-year-old suffered the injuries in a “freak accident using a powerful detergent product.” He guided the Springboks to World Cup victory in 2019 while serving as head coach and oversaw their championship retention the following year in his DoR capacity. Fortunately, Erasmus should be able to resume his job soon.

“Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s director of rugby, is recovering in hospital following a medical procedure for chemical burns sustained in a freak accident using a powerful detergent product,” read a statement from South Africa Rugby.

“Aside from that, he is doing well and plans to resume full-time employment in a few weeks.”

After the team’s victory in France last year, Jacques Nienaber left to join the Irish club Leinster, leaving Erasmus as the Springboks’ head coach for the upcoming cycle leading up to the 2027 World Cup in Australia.


Former Springboks fly half handed four-year ban for doping

Last year, Elton Jantjies tested positive for a prohibited drug.

Fly half of South Africa rugby After testing positive for an illegal substance, Elton Jantjies was given a four-year suspension.

The 33-year-old Jantjies earned his 46th and final Springboks cap in 2022.

He submitted a sample to the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) in June of last year, and the results showed that he tested positive for clenbuterol, a fat-burning drug often used to treat respiratory diseases like asthma.

And Jantjies may lose his playing career due to a ban, as the SAIDS confirmed this week in a formal ruling.

After learning of his positive test result in August, Janties said he was innocent and announced his intention to file an appeal.

“I have to inform you, with great shock and sadness, that the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport notified me earlier this month that a urine sample I submitted to them in June 2023 tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance,” the fly half stated in a statement at the time.

“I have given my legal counsel instructions to help me track down the source of the forbidden substance, to test my B Sample, and to start looking into potential reasons why the test came out positive. I’ll exert every effort to demonstrate my innocence.

Jantjies played in the World Cup matches against Namibia and Canada as a member of South Africa’s victorious team.

During the 2023 Rugby Championship, he was called up as a substitute, but he did not play for the world champions.

His final substantial stint in the South African camp was marred by controversy when he was sent home following media reports that claimed Jantjies had an affair with the team nutritionist.

After that, he joined the French club Agen.

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