South Africa WITHDRAWES their appeal against Rassie Erasmus’s ban for criticizing referee

South Africa WITHDRAWES their appeal against Rassie Erasmus’ ban for an hour-long video criticizing referee Nic Berry during the Lions tour – and the Springboks chief welcomes the news with a beer and a shot!

  • Rassie Erasmus banned from rugby for 2 months and 10 months for matchdays
  • The South African rugby director released a one-hour video criticizing referee Nic Berry after their first defeat to the Lions in the summer.
  • South Africa withdrew their appeal and apologized to Berry
  • Erasmus shared videos of him drinking at home when the news was announced


Rassie Erasmus officially withdrew his appeal against the ban he was given for criticizing umpires during the Lions series – while drinking beer and shots.

Initially, Erasmus, the South African rugby director, and his union did not accept his suspension; two months of all rugby and 10 months of matchdays, as a result of his hour-long video recording of decisions made in the first Lions Test four months ago.

But in a statement, they both agreed to drop the case once and for all, and finally, as they had to do, apologize to referee Nic Berry.

Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has accepted his ban for criticizing officials

“SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus would like to apologize to the match officials appointed for the first Test of the Springboks’ Series against the British & Irish Lions,” read their 27-word apology.

“This has been a very stressful and fraught environment with unusual pressures on everyone involved and we don’t want to prolong that experience for anyone.

“We have drawn a line under the incident and just want to look ahead. We will respect the outcome of the hearing so that our national teams and rugby operations can plan with clarity for the coming months.”

Erasmus himself tweeted about the announcement. First, he posted a video of a South African beer he was drinking, saying his ban wouldn’t be too bad, then uploaded a second clip of two shots.

In it he drank one but left the other, writing in Xhosa: ‘Coach Rennie, this (drink) is very cold and waiting for you’, and tagged in the Australian rugby Twitter account plus their CEO Andy Marinos.

That was a reference Wallabies boss Dave Rennie, who called the referee in his Wales defeat ‘terrible’ last weekend after Nick Tompkins’ vital try was awarded. He thought the center had hit the ball to it.

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