Seen as the saviour of rugby in South Africa after guiding the Springboks to World Cup glory in Japan last year, Erasmus is apparently being hunted by the England Rugby Union.
And despite both parties denying that any talks have taken place between them, the rumour simply won’t go away.
Like they say, waar daar ‘n rokie is, is daar ‘n vuurtjie.
Alexander, though, was out to squash the rumours, telling Keo.co.za: “We wanted Rassie back in South Africa because we knew his value to our game and also because we knew his belief in the future of South African rugby and in South Africa as a country.
“Anyone who has interacted with Rassie knows that he bleeds green and gold.
“There is no way we would let him go.”
Alexander says he read the reports linking Erasmus to England, but he can assure South Africans that the mentor is going nowhere.
He adds: “I can tell the world that our World Cup-winning coach is going nowhere
“We didn’t bring him [Erasmus] back [from Ireland] for the 2019 World Cup or the 2021 British & Irish Lions Tour. We brought him back to lead the renaissance of South African rugby, which is beyond 2023.”