Rassie Erasmus will miss the remainder of the Springboks’ November tour after SA’s director of rugby has been issued with a fresh ban in the wake of his latest social media rants.
World Rugby issued a statement on Thursday in response to Erasmus’ recent criticism of officiating in the Boks’ defeats to Ireland and France.
This comes after the World Cup-winning coach made his first appearance at a stadium in Dublin two weeks ago, since completing a match-day ban handed down by World Rugby for criticising match officials during last year’s British & Irish Lions series.
“World Rugby has reviewed the recent social media posts by SA Rugby Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus that relate to match officiating in the Autumn Nations Series,” the World Rugby statement read.
“Match officials are the backbone of the sport and without them there is no game. World Rugby condemns any public criticism of match official selection, performance or integrity, which undermines their role, the trust-based coach/match officials feedback process and the values of integrity, respect, solidarity and discipline that are at the heart of the sport.
“The behaviour of coaching staff and match officials are widely observed by fans, media and participants at every level, and such behaviours affect how the values are applied across the game.
“In addition, under the Match Officials Communication Framework, national teams have the ability to enter into a confidential feedback process, which is critical for success in a high-performance environment. The success of these communications relies on direct and honest feedback which is delivered and received in a confidential way.
“In line with the Framework, World Rugby has the ability to impose a sanction where a breach has occurred. Having considered the matter World Rugby has issued a two-match ban against Rassie Erasmus and accordingly he may not take part in any match day activity in relation to the two upcoming test matches that South Africa has against Italy on 19 November, 2022 and England on 26 November, 2022. The ban includes engagement with media and social media in relation to match officials.”
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) November 17, 2022
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