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Watch| Boks Coach Rassie Erasmus Awarded With Honorary Doctorate

In a statement, the university expressed their reasoning behind the award, stating, "The doctorate will be bestowed on the Bok boss in recognition

The Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus, is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the North-West University for his significant contribution to rugby. Born in Despatch and raised in the Eastern Cape, the 51-year-old has played a pivotal role in the success of the South African rugby team.

The inauguration ceremony is currently taking place at the North-West University campus in Potchefstroom. The event commenced at 9:30 am on Thursday, marking a momentous occasion for Erasmus and the rugby community.

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Erasmus led the Springboks to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the head coach. Four years later, in 2023, while serving as the Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, he assisted Jacques Nienaber in guiding the team to yet another triumph in France. Under Erasmus’ leadership, the Springboks became the first team to win four World Cups, securing titles in 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2023.

The North-West University Council approved the decision to award Erasmus an honorary doctorate in Coaching Science during their ordinary meeting in November of last year. The request for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (honoris causa) was made by the NWU’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

In a statement, the university expressed their reasoning behind the award, stating, “The doctorate will be bestowed on the Bok boss in recognition of his innovative and exceptional management of the Springboks during their victorious 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cup campaigns, his significant standing in the international rugby coaching arena, his strong drive and focus on diversity and inclusion, and his commitment to social responsibility.”

Erasmus has not only excelled as a rugby strategist but has also proven himself to be a nation-builder, garnering immense pride from the country. His qualities of resilience, determination, and teamwork align with the values held dear by the North-West University in its educational mission.

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Bert Sorgdrager, the Council Chairperson, praised Erasmus, saying, “His contributions to South Africa, both as a rugby strategist and as a nation builder, serve as a shining example of what can be achieved when passion, dedication, and visionary leadership come together.

His commitment to inclusivity and transformation in sport has not only revitalised rugby but has also served as a powerful symbol of reconciliation and unity in a nation with a complex history.”

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Under Erasmus’ guidance, the Springboks have not only achieved greatness in the world of rugby but have also become a unifying force, bringing together people from all backgrounds and beliefs.

The honorary doctorate bestowed upon Rassie Erasmus is a testament to his exceptional achievements, his impact on the international rugby coaching arena, and his commitment to creating a more inclusive and united South Africa.

It is a well-deserved recognition for a remarkable individual who has left an indelible mark on the sport and the nation as a whole.

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