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Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber has confirmed to media that under-fire director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will not be travelling with SA to Australia for the Rugby Championship. Erasmus is preparing to face a World Rugby hearing into his conduct during the Lions tour this summer.

Last Updated: 26/08/21 4:25pm

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will not travel with the Boks to Australia, as he faces a World Rugby hearing into his conduct during the Lions tour

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will not travel with the Boks to Australia, as he faces a World Rugby hearing into his conduct during the Lions tour

South Africa’s under-fire director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will not travel to Australia where the Springboks continue their Rugby Championship campaign over fears his presence may cause a distraction.

Erasmus is preparing to face a World Rugby hearing and has been hit with various charges from World Rugby after the now infamous 62-minute video he created as a critique of Australian referee Nic Berry’s performance in the first Test loss to the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town last month.

It drew a furious response from Rugby Australia, who called the video “unacceptable and against the spirit and values of the game.”

Erasmus publicly released an extraordinary 62-minute video criticising referee Nic Berry, put out several Tweets and acted as water carrier during the Tests

Erasmus publicly released an extraordinary 62-minute video criticising referee Nic Berry, put out several Tweets and acted as water carrier during the Tests

Head coach Jacques Nienaber said Erasmus, who filled the role of water carrier for the side in the Lions series and provided instructions to players on the pitch during matches, may link up with the team later, “schedule permitting”.

“Rassie has decided to remain in South Africa for now to allow the focus around the team to remain on the Rugby Championship and the team itself so that they can perform to the best of their ability on the field,” Nienaber said in a media release from South African Rugby on Thursday.

“He will continue to play an active role in our team and coaches meetings throughout the tour and, schedule permitting, he may join us later on.”

Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber confirmed to media on Thursday that Erasmus would not be travelling

Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber confirmed to media on Thursday that Erasmus would not be travelling

Erasmus could be hit with a number of sanctions by World Rugby if found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, ranging from a fine to a stadium ban or even a complete suspension from the game.

The Boks have taken 42 players for the remaining four matches of the Championship, as strict COVID-19 travel protocols mean it will not be feasible for them to add more later in the event of injury.

Nienaber said they expect the entire group to be available for their first game on Australian soil against the hosts on the Gold Coast on September 12.

South Africa have beaten Argentina twice, and will now face games against the Wallabies and All Blacks

South Africa have beaten Argentina twice, and will now face games against the Wallabies and All Blacks

Which suggests a return for key injured players, including No 8 Duane Vermeulen and scrum-half Faf de Klerk.

“All of the players should be available for selection for the first Test against Australia, so the coaches will be in a good position in terms of squad selection when we begin our preparations for those matches,” Nienaber added.


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