Must Watch: Rassie Erasmus Honoured with Honorary Doctorate
Photo Cred: North West University

Renowned rugby strategist Rassie Erasmus received an honorary doctorate from North-West University, celebrating his exceptional leadership, commitment to diversity, and profound impact on South African society.


Potchefstroom, South Africa (03 May 2024) – In a momentous occasion, esteemed rugby strategist and former SA Rugby Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, was bestowed with an honorary doctorate from the North-West University (NWU) yesterday.

Brimming with pride and celebration, the ceremony welcomed not only Erasmus but also Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi and the illustrious Webb Ellis World Cup Trophy.

Erasmus, whose leadership steered South Africa to consecutive World Cup victories in Japan in 2019 and France in 2023, is more than just a rugby luminary. He is hailed as a “nation builder,” his influence stretching far beyond the confines of the rugby field. And this is the exact reason he was given the honorary doctorate.

In addition to his strategic prowess, Erasmus has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the Sport Transformation Charter, effecting tangible change in talent development across South Africa’s rugby landscape.

NWU Council chairperson Bert Sorgdrager lauded Erasmus, highlighting his embodiment of resilience, determination, and teamwork—values intrinsic to the university’s educational ethos.

“Rassie embodies the principles of resilience, determination and teamwork that we at the North-West University hold dear in our educational mission. 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. This esteemed recognition is not only well deserved, but also a testament to the remarkable contributions and exceptional impact Rassie has made in the field of sport and innovative sports management,” said Bert Sorgdrager, Council chairperson.

Beyond the rugby pitch, Erasmus’ principles of teamwork, discipline, and dedication resonate as invaluable life lessons, inspiring individuals in their daily pursuits. His influence extends into societal realms, where he champions social change and fosters an environment where diversity is celebrated and differences are embraced as strengths.

“His commitment to inclusivity and transformation in sport has not only revitalised rugby but has served as a powerful symbol of reconciliation and unity in a nation with a complex history. Under his guidance, the Springboks not only achieved rugby greatness but also became a unifying force, bringing together people of all backgrounds and beliefs. His emphasis on teamwork, discipline and dedication has resonated far beyond the sports arena, offering life lessons that inspire not only aspiring athletes, but also individuals in their everyday lives. He has meaningfully used his sphere of influence to advocate for social change, fostering an environment in which diversity and inclusivity are celebrated, and differences are seen as strengths rather than weaknesses,” Sorgdrager concluded.

Rassie has carried a nation through two world cups, but more importantly, he and his incredible team have reminded us that being stronger together is not just something we say but something we need to do.

Watch the momentous occasion below:

Sources: North-West University
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