Rassie Erasmus, who famously led the Springboks to the 2019 World Cup title, is an incredibly popular figure in South African rugby circles.
However, he has also become a polarising figure in global rugby circles as a result of his strong views and now infamous video criticising referees during the British & Irish Lions series.
Yet it’s clear that his rugby acumen remains as highly regarded as ever.
After an initial RugbyPass Hall of Fame All-Time Fan 1st XV was confirmed, fans have now been given the chance to vote as to which coach should be put in charge of the hypothetical side, which includes Os du Randt, Victor Matfield and Eben Etzebeth.
Erasmus currently holds a slender lead over Steve Hansen, who guided the All Blacks to a remarkable run between 2012 and 2016.
Graham Henry, Wayne Smith, Sir Brian Lochore, Warren Gatland, Kitch Christie, Jake White, Bob Dwyer, Rob McQueen, Eddie Jones, Sir Clive Woodward and Sir Ian McGeechan are the other coaches that trail Erasmus in the voting.
Rassie stepped away from the Boks’ head coach role after the 2019 World Cup and is currently the SA director of rugby overseeing all aspects of the game in the country
In his final year as head coach, he coached the Boks to a Rugby Championship and the World Cup in 2019, and was named World Rugby’s Coach of the Year.
Under Erasmus and his coaching team, the Springboks climbed from seventh to first on the official World Rugby rankings between the beginning of 2018 and end of 2019.
The World Cup was the Springboks’ third overall and first in 12 years, having last won the tournament in 2007.
Current RugbyPass Hall of Fame All-Time Fan 1st XV to be ‘coached’ by Rassie
1. Os du Randt (South Africa, 1994-2007)
2. Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand, 1986-1997)
3. Owen Franks (New Zealand, 2009-2019)
4. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa, 2012-present)
5. Victor Matfield (South Africa, 2001-2015)
6. Jerome Kaino (New Zealand, 2004-2017)
7. Richie McCaw (New Zealand, 2001-2015)
8. Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia, 2003-2019)
9. Aaron Smith (New Zealand, 2012-present)
10. Dan Carter (New Zealand, 2003-2015)
11. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand, 1994-2002)
12. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand, 2003-2015)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland, 1999-2014)
14. Doug Howlett (New Zealand, 2000-2007)
15. Christian Cullen (New Zealand, 1996-2002)
Coach: Rassie Erasmus (South Africa)