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‘Love you’: Rassie’s sweet message to mom amid health setback

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‘Love you’: Rassie’s sweet message to mom amid health setback

To mom with love: Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus tweeted a special message to his mother, Maria, amid a health setback…

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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 28: Handre Pollard of South Africa kicks the team’s fourth penalty during the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade de France on October 28, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has sent a special message to his mother, Maria, who recently suffered a health setback.

The elderly woman – who lives in a nursing home – has been instrumental in rearing the rugby player-turned-coach.

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RASSIE ERASMUS SENDS BEST WISHES TO ELDERLY MOM

In a tweet on Thursday, 27 June, Rassie Erasmus shared a special message to his mother, who had recently broken her leg.

He tweeted: “Hi Mom. Good luck with the leg break! I hope you get well soon”.

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Referring to possible friends or relatives, he added: “Luckily, Gerda is close, and Martlie is very knowledgeable about almost everything in life!”.

Last month, Rassie mentioned his mother during his acceptance speech when he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in the discipline of Coaching Science from the Council of the North-West University.

Admitting that he was “nervous,” “intimidated,” and “scared,” Rassie revealed that his elderly mother’s words had comforted him.

He said: “She is watching it on livestream at the old-age home. The message that she sent me was emotional.”

In September last year, Rassie sent a special message to his mother, Maria, on her birthday.

Breaking away from his tough-as-nails persona, the Springboks coach tweeted alongside pics of his biggest fan: “Lief vir Ma (Love you mom) Happy 83rd [birthday]”.

HIS BIGGEST SUPPORTER

Rassie Erasmus has often spoken of his mother’s influence in his early rugby-playing days.

In his self-titled autobiography, the Springboks coach revealed how his mother had supported him from his first team in the Free State Cheetahs.

Rassie also mentioned a man who had a fatherly role in his life.

He tweeted last year: “Hierdie Oom Awie het my help grootmaak op die plaas [This Uncle Awie helped raised me on the farm]”.

In the pic, “Oom Awie” wore a Springboks cap and gave a thumbs up.

Rassie—real name Johan—was born in the small town of Dispatch in the Eastern Cape. Before becoming a player, he enlisted in the military, where he met former coach Jacques Nienaber.

According to the Independent, Rassie had a difficult childhood, with his father’s struggles with alcoholism later helping him connect with players from similar experiences.

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