Springboks – Rassie Erasmus Explain “No Papa Rule”


Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus made it clear during a media opportunity that there is no place for "papas" in the Springbok squad who are looking to win a third World Cup title in 2027.

The resulting question marks on age and performance factors going forward should open the door for several youngsters to start making their mark in 2024 and onwards.

Thirty-seven-year-old Deon Fourie was one of the notable names missing from the first Springbok alignment camp of 2024 and is the first "victim" of the "no papa" rule.

“In 2018 we did a roadmap for players and we asked where they will be in 2019, 2023 and 2027, so we know exactly which players we think will last another year and we have given them specific tasks to reach milestones because they are still good enough,” said Erasmus.

“We are playing against Ireland who are No.2 in the world and who we haven’t beaten since 2016, so we first got to rectify that and we will probably still use some of these old guys who know them well and played against them."

“We got a gradual system where we ask ourselves if this papa is going to say goodbye now."

“It is a challenge, but a challenge more so to tell the player he must stop now."

“I think that is really a tough one because some guys in their 30s see themselves winning another World Cup."

“Johnny Sexton was 38 at the World Cup, but I don’t foresee our age going much over the average of 29 or 30.”