Rassie, SA Rugby misconduct hearing set for month-end

It has been confirmed that the Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby misconduct hearing will take place over the weekend of 30-31 October.

World Rugby formally charged Erasmus and SA Rugby after the director of rugby produced a video in which he criticised match officials during the recent British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

In the video, Erasmus highlighted a host of officiating discrepancies in the first Test of the series which was handled by Australian referee Nic Berry.

If found guilty, Erasmus’ punishments could reportedly range from a fine to even having the Springboks stripped of their series victory over the Lions in an extreme scenario.

Independent judicial panel chairman Christopher Quinlan QC will chair the panel alongside Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) and Judge Mike Mika (New Zealand).

“Following the provision of detailed written submissions and evidence from Erasmus, SA Rugby and World Rugby, a request was received from SA Rugby and Erasmus for an oral hearing, which has been granted,’ a World Rugby statement read.

“The hearing date, set in consultation with the parties, is the earliest possible date taking into account previous commitments of all parties, participants and the multiple time zones involved.

“The independent disciplinary committee will publish a full written decision following the completion of the entire proceedings.”

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Craig Lewis