Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby withdraw calls against sanctions | Rugby Union News

“SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus wish to apologize to the match-nominated officials for the Springboks’ first test of the Springboks series against the Lions.” Erasmus bans all rugby activity for two months and cannot be involved with any team on a match day until September 2022

Last update: 11/25/21 5:29 PM

Rassie Erasmus (center) will not appeal his suspension

Rassie Erasmus (center) will not appeal his suspension

Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby withdrew their appeals against the sanctions imposed after an independent hearing confirmed a total of eight counts of misconduct.

In addition, Erasmus and the Springboks union issued a public apology to match officials, led by referee Nic Berry, who oversaw the first test against the Lions in July.

Erasmus has been banned from all rugby activity for two months and cannot be involved with any team on a match day until September 30, 2022 after being convicted of six counts of misconduct.

Among the proven accusations against the director of South African rugby, there was that of having threatened Berry in the hope of arranging a meeting with the Australian. He then posted on social media a one-hour review of the match officials’ performance.

Erasmus apologized to Lions first test match officials

Erasmus apologized to Lions first test match officials

SA Rugby, meanwhile, was fined £ 20,000 and warned about his future conduct after two counts of misconduct were confirmed.

Erasmus and the union have also been ordered to apologize to match officials, which has now been made public.

“SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus wish to apologize to the officials appointed by the game for the first test of the Springboks series against the Lions,” said a statement from SA Rugby.

“We also confirm that SA Rugby and Erasmus have informed World Rugby that they are withdrawing their notice of appeal and will not appeal the sanctions imposed by the Judicial Commission.

“It has been a very stressful and busy environment with unusual pressures on everyone involved and we do not wish to prolong this experience for anyone.

“We have drawn the incident away and just want to look to the future. We will respect the results of the hearing, allowing our national teams and rugby operations to plan clearly for the months to come.”

Following the verdict of the hearing, Erasmus received strong support in South Africa despite the extent of the emotional toll suffered by Berry which was revealed in the written judgment.

Last week, the Springboks boss appeared to shed light on the sanctions by posting a photo of himself in camouflage on social media, suggesting he may attempt to enter Twickenham for the England game.

And in another light on World Rugby’s disciplinary process, he posted a photo of a pint of Guinness with a caption saying “I have a feeling the 2 months though won’t be as bad as feared!” ! “.

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