Splitsville? Who is Rassie Erasmus’s ‘ex-wife’?


Splitsville? Who is Rassie Erasmus’s ‘ex-wife’?

Sad news: Rassie Erasmus and his wife of more than 20 years have reportedly parted ways. Who is the woman behind the Springbok coach?

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According to unconfirmed reports, Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus and his wife of more than 20 years have sadly parted ways.


The notoriously private couple are parents to three children: daughters Nikki, Carli, and Janie.

Rassie was recently bestowed with an honorary doctorate in the discipline of Coaching Science from the Council of the North-West University.


During his speech, he thanked his mother for encouraging him.


According to Rugby World, Rassie Erasmus married Nicolene, who is a former nurse, in 2003.

The couple are parents to three daughters, twins Nikki and Carli, and a younger child, Janie.

In 2019, the pretty brunette ran onto the field to embrace her husband after the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The couple kissed in pictures that would be published in media outlets.

Fast forward to the 2023 Rugby World Cup and Nikki and the Erasmus brood would travel to France to support Rassie and the Boks once again.

Over the years, Rassie has steered clear of mentioning his wife in interviews. However, in 2021, he revealed that the couple had been “gravely ill” after contracting Covid-19.

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He said in a media conference: “Myself, my wife and the kids got it. But their [the children’s] symptoms were just losing taste. They didn’t really feel sick. We [me and my wife] were in pretty bad shape.

“I was really worried because we have underlying illnesses.”

Neither Rassie nor Nicolene – whose Instagram account is set to private – have responded to the reports.

The South African approached the Springboks PR for comment; however, they were not at liberty to do so.

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It’s no secret that Rassie Erasmus considers the Springboks his “second family.”

He recently told Supersport: “When I’m away from the Springboks, it feels like I’m away from my family.

“It feels, in a certain way, a little bit ‘alone’ when you’re not there with the team. Because of what you’ve gone through together, you want to stop it at the right time. And It doesn’t feel like the right time. It feels like we can go another four years”.

Rassie and the rest of the Springbok squad are currently attending their second alignment camp of 2024. And the coach is not letting anything distract him from the task at hand.

He told SA Rugby: “We are moving into a new cycle as a group as our first Test is only a few weeks away, so it is vital that we start diving deeper into our on-field planning.

“With our first Test around the corner, it will be great to have everyone together and ensure that the coaches and players are 100% aligned in terms of what we want to achieve and how we plan to approach the season.


Alaa Hamdy

Professional entertainment content writer in Hanover, South Africa. I know all the secrets of celebrities

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