Coach Rassie Erasmus guided the Springboks to the 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph while battling a life-threatening disease that required chemotherapy during the tournament.
According to the Rapport, Erasmus was battling the rare autoimmune disease called “microscopic polyangiitis with granulomatosis” throughout 2019, and he required treatment before and during the successful World Cup campaign.
Not Sure I would know what to say to any other team before a W Cup Final. Not Happening !!! pic.twitter.com/eCyiMQDRkc— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) February 9, 2020
“Rassie was treated for a serious condition in 2019, from which he has recovered,” an SA Rugby spokesperson told rugby365 on Sunday.
“He thanks people for their concern but wishes to keep the matter private.”
According to Erasmus’ doctor, Johan Theron, he developed a rare strain of the disease, which could have been fatal.
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“He really doubted at one stage whether he would be able to push through with his position as Springbok coach,” Theron told the Rapport.
The disease is caused by blood vessel inflammation and the areas most affected are the kidneys, lung, nerves, skin, and joints.
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Other contenders: Stuart Hogg (Scotland 4/6), Jordan Larmour (Ireland EVS), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales 5/1), George Furbank (England 7/2)
Left wing: JONNY MAY (England 1/25)
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Outside-centre: JONATHAN DAVIES (Wales 1/3)
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Right wing: JOSH ADAMS (Wales 1/18)
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