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Rugby-Springboks will miss Erasmus “waterboy” after World Rugby ban

By November 19, 2021November 21st, 2021Sports games

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has said the absence of banned rugby manager Rassie Erasmus from Twickenham would be a blow to the team as they face England on Saturday. Erasmus is banned from all activity on match days until September 30 next year after being found guilty of misconduct by an independent committee for his hour-long video review of match officials during the British & Series. Irish Lions.

He had posed as a waterboy for the Boks during the Lions series, coached on the sidelines, and reprized the role for this month’s test wins against Wales and Scotland. Still, he won’t be involved at Twickenham on Saturday after his penalty was handed down by World Rugby on Wednesday.

“It will be difficult to be without him as his presence makes a huge difference to us,” Kolisi said at a Friday press conference that started with SA Rugby, stating that they would not comment on the matter or the sentence imposed on Erasmus. Kolisi, however, answered a question about having to do without Erasmus for Saturday’s test.

“His insight, the things he sees that we don’t see on the pitch are important. It helps a lot when someone has played rugby at this level. He always motivates us and talks to us from the field side and also when the substitutions are made, ”said the captain. “He is making a huge difference for us as a team and he will be missed. But I know the coaching staff have plans on how we can get around that as a group, ”Kolisi added.

Erasmus has been found guilty of all six charges brought by the governing body for various violations of the gambling code of conduct, but he will appeal the verdict, as will SA Rugby. Although Jacques Nienaber is now the team’s coach, succeeding Erasmus after South Africa’s victory at the 2019 World Cup, he did not hide the fact that Erasmus has a strong contribution, from training the selection of teams.

Erasmus was unhappy with Australian referee Nic Berry’s many decisions in Test’s first 22-17 loss to the Cape Lions in July, and even more unhappy when his efforts to engage with the official the next day were repulsed. He did a 62 minute video review which was posted online. (Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; edited by Toby Davis)

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