Rugby: South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus hospitalised with chemical burns after freak accident

Rassie Erasmus.
Rassie Erasmus. Photo credit: Photosport

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been hospitalised with chemical burns after a freak accident.  

In a statement from the Springboks, the 51-year-old is said to be relatively unharmed and expected to make a full recovery.

"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," the statement read.   

"He is otherwise in good health and expects to return to full-time working within weeks."  

Erasmus was at the helm of the Springboks side which won the Rugby World Cup, and worked as director of rugby for successor Jacques Nienaber as South Africa defended their title in France last year.

As head coach of South Africa, Erasmus won 17 of 26 tests in which he was in charge of the Springboks.   

With Nienaber having vacated his role as Springboks head coach after last year's World Cup, Erasmus is widely expected to return to the position through until the end of the 2027 cycle.