Rugby Pod co-hosts Jim Hamilton and Andy Goode responded with joy to the voice note they recently sent to social media by Rassie Erasmus, the currently banned rugby director of the Springboks. The 2019 World Cup-winning coach was suspended from all rugby activity for two months on November 17 following his criticism of the first test referee in the July 2021 loss to the Lions.
Erasmus spent his time away from the Springboks and rugby in posting a series of videos on her social media about her dog Frank and it resulted that South Africa win the award for best social network in The Rugby Pod review of 2021. The award was followed by Erasmus who recorded a spontaneous acceptance speech and posted it on their Twitter feed.
His comments were well received by Hamilton, the former Scottish lock keeper, and Goode, the former England international, who kicked off this week’s show by giving their thoughts on Erasmus and what he had to say in his voice note.
“Absolutely loved it,” Hamilton rang of the unexpected message from Springboks director Erasmus. “He mentioned my name, mentioned the pod, he couldn’t determine whether we were taking the p *** or not.” Nice little thumbnail too. His digital creativity along with being one of the best trainers in the world and the fact that he looked like he had around 25 bottles of wine responsibly made my week.
“He’s in kind of a media lockdown, but he’s still on a limb, posting him and his dog and stuff,” Goode enthused. “A serious media interview in the sphere we live in, it covers everything up to the minute. He doesn’t, but he said he would come at some point.
Hey Jim / Andy and co.Home made a quick screenshot of me and Frank saying happy 2022 https://t.co/0eFtPaeB34 pic.twitter.com/llvIO3JeW7
– Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) January 5, 2022
In the one minute and 49 second voice note posted on the background of the South African flag, Erasmus explained that he and his dog Frank wanted to wish the couple a happy new year 2022. “It’s Rassie here. I just want to thank you. I don’t know if you’re kidding my channel or if you’re serious, but it doesn’t really matter. I just wanted to thank you for the award, for having fun with me, with my dog and so on. You both try to get me to participate in your podcast. Unfortunately, I can’t do it now …
“But it’s good to see you bring a little humor. I like the way you behave and the way you talk when you have your talks. I didn’t know if you were pulling my chain or having a little fun with me… it’s a world where we should just say how it feels and not be scared and nervous. Glad to see you doing it and having fun. Big thumbs up to you guys. I appreciate it very much.”
Replaying the recording on their show, Goode added, “He’s listening to the pod. He likes that we can say whatever we want and that we are honest and have a little fun with that. This is how he wants to be, but in fact there are a lot of constraints on the best coaches on what they can and cannot do.
“He is having a little fun right now in the freedom of his ban. He’s not in mainstream media, he just does it on social media, laughing, fucking and it’s fun to watch.
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