World Rugby books hearing dates for SA Rugby boss Rassie Erasmus


Springboks director of coaching Rassie Erasmus accused Australian referee Nic Berry of not respecting Siya Kolisi after the first loss to the British and Irish Lions.

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Springboks director of coaching Rassie Erasmus accused Australian referee Nic Berry of not respecting Siya Kolisi after the first loss to the British and Irish Lions.

World Rugby has finally set a date for Springbok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’ misconduct hearings.

Erasmus and SA Rugby were formally charged by the world governing body after the Springbok director of rugby produced an hour-long video criticising match officials following the British and Irish Lions’ 22-17 win over the Springboks in the first test of the series in South Africa.

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The Springboks won the next two matches to claim a 2-1 series win on July 24.

In a statement released on Thursday, World Rugby confirmed that the misconduct hearings will take place over the weekend of October 30-31.

The hearings will be chaired by Independent Judicial Panel Chairman Christopher Quinlan QC and the panel will include Nigel Hampton QC and Judge Mike Mika, both of New Zealand.

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Erasmus used 26 video clips to criticise the match officials after the defeat in Cape Town. The detailed video review picked apart a wide range of decisions and non-decisions by the other match officials.

Erasmus also accused Australian referee Nic Berry of treating Springboks captain Siya Kolisi differently to Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones, and generally having a lack of respect for the South Africans.

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos was unhappy that Nic Berry was targeted by Rassie Erasmus.

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Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos was unhappy that Nic Berry was targeted by Rassie Erasmus.

“There was a vast difference between who he was taking serious and who he wasn’t taking serious,” Erasmus said during a video that ran for an hour. “The way they listened to Siya was not the same as Alun Wyn.”

His comments about the standard of refereeing soon sparked a sharp rebuke from Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos and World Rugby.

“Match officials are the backbone of the sport, and without them there is no game,’’ World Rugby stated in a press release after the video was posted.

“World Rugby condemns any public criticism of their selection, performance or integrity which undermines their role, the well-established and trust-based coach-officials feedback process, and more importantly, the values that are at the heart of the sport.

Faf De Klerk of South Africa kicks the ball up-field during the first test against the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on July 24.

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Faf De Klerk of South Africa kicks the ball up-field during the first test against the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on July 24.

“Having conducted a full review of all the available information, World Rugby is concerned that individuals from both teams have commented on the selection and/or performance of match officials.’’

The controversial video concluded with Erasmus repeating he would be willing to step aside if World Rugby deemed that to be necessary.

“If you think this was going over the top and this shouldn’t go out to the media, then I did this in my personal capacity, not as part of the Springboks, and I will withdraw myself from the Springboks’ management team. Thank you.”

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Publish date : 2021-10-07 18:57:00

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