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Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby for South Africa, is recovering in a hospital after a freak accident resulted in chemical burns. 

Erasmus is “recovering in hospital following a medical process for chemical burns sustained in a freak accident utilizing a robust detergent product,” South African Rugby mentioned Saturday in an announcement. 

South Africa Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus forward of the Rugby World Cup 2023 closing match on the Stade de France in Paris Oct. 28, 2023.  (Mike Egerton/PA Photos through Getty Photos)

“He’s in any other case in good well being and expects to return to full-time working inside weeks.”

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Erasmus is anticipated to educate the workforce because it prepares for the 2027 World Cup, in line with the New York Submit. He coached South Africa when it gained its third World Cup in 2019. 

Erasmus moved to the director position earlier than the 2023 match, when Jacques Nienaber grew to become the coach, main South Africa to a different World Cup title. 

South Africa assistant coach Rassie Erasmus and head coach Jacques Nienaber forward of the Rugby World Cup 2023 semifinal match on the Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Oct. 21, 2023.  (David Davies/PA Photos through Getty Photos)

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Nienaber departed SA rugby and have become the coach of Leinster in Eire.

The Springboks will not be scheduled to play once more till July, after they’ll face Eire in a two-game collection earlier than going through Portugal in Bloemfontein July 20.

“We’re delighted that we’ll be returning to Bloemfontein for this historic match, and we’re decided to proceed making our passionate supporters proud,” Erasmus mentioned in an announcement on Friday.

Rassie Erasmus ahead of the Rugby World Cup

South Africa Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus earlier than the Rugby World Cup 2023 closing match on the Stade de France in Paris Oct. 28, 2023.  (Mike Egerton/PA Photos through Getty Photos)

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“With the venue now confirmed, we are able to go full steam forward with our planning for the house exams from an operational perspective.

“There’s little question it has added to the thrill for the season forward, particularly after capping off the 2023 season by defending the Rugby World Cup title.”