In a 62-minute video message, Erasmus was scathing about how the officials dealt with the primary Test received by the Lions, specifically in regards to the efficiency of referee Nic Berry; South Africa Rugby additionally summoned to the misconduct hearing, say World Rugby in an announcement
Last Updated: 02/08/21 7:56pm
South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will face an unbiased misconduct hearing after his video rant in regards to the officiating within the first British and Irish Lions Test.
Erasmus was scathing about how the officials dealt with the match received by the Lions in a 62-minute video message, specifically in regards to the efficiency of referee Nic Berry.
South Africa Rugby has additionally been summoned to the misconduct hearing, World Rugby mentioned in an announcement.
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“Match officials are the backbone of the sport, and without them, there is no game,” the governing physique mentioned in an announcement.
“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.”
Erasmus, who has controversially mixed his function with that of water provider through the sequence to date, urged amongst different issues that Berry had handled Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi and Lions counterpart Alun Wyn Jones in a different way.
Erasmus launched an hour-long video criticising the refereeing within the first Test
The assertion continued: “Having performed a full overview of all of the accessible data, World Rugby is worried that people from each groups have commented on the choice and/or efficiency of match officials.
“However, the in depth and direct nature of the feedback made by Rassie Erasmus inside a video handle, specifically, meets the edge to be thought-about a breach of World Rugby Regulation 18 (Misconduct and Code of Conduct) and will now be thought-about by an unbiased disciplinary panel.
“World Rugby has reminded the management of both teams of the importance of this area and their obligations regarding the values of the sport.”
Erasmus’ video handle got here after the Lions had sealed a 22-17 victory in the first Test in Cape Town.
South Africa hit again to take the sequence to an eagerly-anticipated decider when they won last Saturday’s second Test 27-9 on the similar venue, which can even host the third and last Test this weekend.