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The director of rugby at the South African Rugby (SAR), Rassie Erasmus has been hospitalised following a freak accident.

Erasmus was left with chemical burns but is expected to be back at work next month. Although he had to undergo emergency treatment, he isn’t in any long-term danger.

In a statement, SAR confirmed the news.

“Rassie Erasmus is recovering in hospital following a medical procedure for a chemical burn sustained in a freak accident using a powerful detergent product. He is otherwise in good health and expects to return to full-time working within weeks.”

Erasmus, alongside coach Jacques Nienaber, led the Springboks to winning back-to-back World Cups in 2018 and 2023. He is also a former Springbok player.

The 51-year-old will fulfil both roles as director of rugby and head coach as the Springboks defend their title at the 2027 World Cup in Australia.

Nienaber has accepted the role of head coach at Irish club Leinster even before the World Cup started last year.

The Springboks are only scheduled to play again in July when they face Ireland. The two-match series will take place in Pretoria and Durban.

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