Rassie Erasmus has invited Dave Rennie to join him for a drink after the Wallabies boss criticised the match officials following his sides defeat against Wales.
It is now exactly a week since the governing body threw the book at the South Africa Director of Rugby for his video assassination of the refereeing of Nick Berry and his assistants in the first Test between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions, sending out an emphatic warning that public criticism of referees will not be tolerated.
However, World Rugby’s silence in the wake of Rennie’s vehement criticism of the match officials after his team’s loss to Wales at the weekend is deafening.
And the Springbok boss clearly believes a ban should be incoming.
Here is the correct translation to English: “Coach Rennie, this one (drink) is very cold and it’s waiting for you.”
This came shortly before it was confirmed that South Africa rugby and Erasmus have both withdrawn their notices of appeal to the misconduct decision and sanction issued by the independent disciplinary committee on 11 November 2021.
In a statement, World Rugby said they: “welcome the public apology from SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus to the match officials involved in the first test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions this year and the matter is closed.”
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5 of the biggest scandals in rugby history following Rassie Erasmus ban
1. KAMP STAALDRAAD
It was a military-style “boot camp” organized as a “team building” exercise for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks (or Boks), during their preparation for the 2003 Rugby World Cup (RWC). Details of the camp emerged in the South African media, resulting in protest from the upper administrative levels of South African rugby.
- The team was ordered to climb into a foxhole naked and sing the national anthem while ice-cold water were being poured over their heads. During their time in the hole, recordings of God Save the Queen (used as England‘s national anthem) and the New Zealand All Blacks haka were played at full volume.
- It was confirmed that firearms were present at the camp, although reports varied as to whether they were ever pointed at anyone.
- The players were forced to crawl naked across gravel.
- They also were ordered to spend a night in the bush, during which they were to kill and cook chickens, but not eat them.