Friday 23 March 2018

Munster emphatically respond to article that claims Rassie Erasmus received 'hostile and suspicious reception'

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Munster have moved quickly to deny a claim in a South African magazine article that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus was given a tough reception in Ireland upon his arrival last summer.

Erasmus was brought in to work above Anthony Foley, who had been the team's head coach for the previous two seasons. The South African immediately excelled in the role, leading Munster to the summit of the Pro12, the knockout stages of the Champions Cup while also navigating the team through the tragic death of Foley.

Erasmus was a contender for the Springboks coaching job before he landed in Munster, and people in his homeland are still interested in his fortunes, as evidenced by SA Rugby magazine deciding to do a feature on the 44-year-old.

The magazine tweeted out the cover page of the story, titled 'Braveheart', along with a sub-headline that reads:

"After getting a hostile and suspicious reception in Ireland, Rassie Erasmus has steered Munster back on the path of success."

Munster fans were quick to question that assertion, with many taking exception to the 'reception' portrayed in the sub-headline.

The team took to Twitter to deny the characterisation, saying that it was 'news' to both the team and their Director of Rugby.

"News to us and Rassie himself on the reception front," the team tweeted.

Munster currently lead Leinster by three points at the top of the Pro12.

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