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Springboks boss Erasmus releases video slamming first Test refereeing
South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has released a 62-minute video strongly criticising the refereeing in last Saturday's first Test against the British and Irish Lions. World Rugby reacted to the video by saying it "notes the comments made by Rassie Erasmus".The video, posted on online platform Vimeo, contains 36 clips which Erasmus claims show errors by Australian referee Nic Berry and other officials in the match won 22-17 by the Lions.
South Africa's World Cup-winning coach Rassie Erasmus has withdrawn his appeal against a ban imposed by World Rugby after he released a video criticising refereeing decisions during the British and Irish Lions' tour.
In addition the 49-year-old -- who is now director of rugby with the Springboks -- and South Africa rugby chiefs have issued a public apology to the match officials, led by referee Nic Berry, who oversaw the first Test against the Lions in July.
Erasmus was banned from all rugby activity for two months and was also suspended from "all match-day activities" until September 30 next year after being found guilty of six counts of misconduct.
Springbok assistant coach slams Gatland 'mind games'
Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick hit back at British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland on Friday, saying the Springboks were not prepared to play "mind games". "The game is played between the four lines. If Gatland is talking about egos he doesn't really know much about us Springboks."Stick confirmed that Rugby World Cup-winning coach Rassie Erasmus, would again be a "water boy" on Saturday.Gatland recently questioned the role of Erasmus, now the South African director of rugby, who frequently went on the field and talked to players during the South Africa A game.
SA Rugby was fined £20,000 ($26,500) and warned over its future conduct after two counts of misconduct were upheld.
Both Erasmus, who masterminded South Africa's World Cup win in Japan in 2019, and the union were also ordered to apologise to the match officials.
"SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus wish to apologise to the match officials appointed to 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 advised World Rugby that they withdraw their notice of appeal and will not lodge an appeal against the sanctions imposed by the judicial committee.
"This has been a highly stressful and charged environment with unusual pressures placed on all concerned and we have no wish to prolong that experience for anyone."
World Rugby said in a statement it welcomed the public apology, saying the "matter is closed".
Last week Erasmus appeared to make light of the sanctions by posting on social media a photo of himself in camouflage, suggesting that he might attempt to gain entry to Twickenham for the England game, which South Africa lost 27-26.
He also published a photo of a pint of Guinness with a caption saying "I do however get the feeling the 2 months will not be so bad as feared!!".
Springboks have solid foundations but work to do: Nienaber .
South Africa have a lot of work to do ahead of the defence of their Rugby World Cup title in France in 2023 but have solid foundations to build from, their coach Jacques Nienaber told AFP. The 49-year-old said it had been a long year, but he welcomed that having not been able to play a game in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. South Africa are due to play two pool matches in Marseille, one at the Stade de France -- where they also lifted the World Cup trophy in 2007 -- and another in Bordeaux. Nienaber said overall he was satisfied with the season which was also his first as head coach, having had to kick his heels for the whole of last year.