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Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus says pep talk on hardships back home inspired squad to third world title

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Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus says pep talk on hardships back home inspired squad to third world title

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  • South Africa battered England 32-12 in a one-sided final in Yokohama, becoming the first team to lift the Webb Ellis Cup after losing a pool game

  • ‘Rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure, rugby should be something that creates hope,’ is how coach Erasmus inspired the Springboks

  • Erasmus noted the team had a responsibility as role models to a nation once bitterly divided by decades of apartheid rule

Yokohama: South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said Saturday that a frank discussion about real-life hardship back home had fuelled his side’s hunger to capture a third Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks battered England 32-12 in a one-sided final in Yokohama, adding to their 1995 and 2007 titles and becoming the first team to lift the Webb Ellis Cup after losing a pool game.

Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus says pep talk on hardships back home inspired squad to third world title

Outgoing South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus lifts the Webb Ellis Trophy after his side’s 32-12 win over England in the final. AFP

But Erasmus brushed off talk of South Africa being under pressure after that 23-13 defeat by defending champions New Zealand in their opening fixture, noting that the country still has deep social problems to solve, which are more pressing than rugby.

“We talked about what pressure is,” revealed Erasmus, who has turned his team’s fortunes around since taking over two years ago.

“In South Africa pressure is not having a job. Pressure is one of your close relatives being murdered,” added the 47-year-old, set to step aside as coach and continue in his other role as director of rugby.

“There are a lot of problems in S

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