Springbok are not allowed to use Rassie Erasmus as a water boy, says ex-referee Alain Rolland

South Africa banned from using Rassie Erasmus as waterboy in first test with Lions, says former international referee Alain Rolland, as he urges World Rugby to investigate controversial ‘loophole’

  • Springboks director of rugby was used as a waterboy during warm-up games
  • He was seen on the pitch delivering tactical messages to players
  • Former referee Alain Rolland says it is not allowed in the first Lions Test
  • Rolland urged World Rugby to investigate controversial loophole

World Rugby has been urged to investigate the use of Rassie Erasmus as a water boy by South Africa.

Rugby spring boxing director Erasmus ran onto the field dressed as a drinking assistant to deliver tactical messages during the warm-up games for the Lions series.

Now former international referee Alain Rolland, who took on the 2007 World Cup final, believes the trick should be stopped.

World Rugby urged to investigate South Africa’s tactics of using Rassie Erasmus (center) as a waterboy

Former international referee Alain Rolland thinks Erasmus is not allowed on the field

Former international referee Alain Rolland thinks Erasmus is not allowed on the field

“Rassie Erasmus is not allowed to play the role of water carrier on Saturday,” said Rolland Sports post.

Head coaches are not allowed in the technical zone. Rassie Erasmus is head coach in all but name.

‘I’m not feeling well. I have no doubt it will be watched by World Rugby.

“He’s at all the press conferences, all the training sessions and doing all the sparring with Warren Gatland in the media.

“If Steve Hansen were the All Blacks’ rugby director, no one would see him running on the water. Also, Erasmus usually doesn’t even carry water on the field.

Erasmus was seen dressing up on the field to deliver groceries

Erasmus was seen dressing up on the field to deliver groceries

“I have no doubt that it has been brought up this week and will be watched by World Rugby. It can be very difficult to stop because South Africa is technically not breaking protocol.

“If South Africa can prove that he is not the head coach, not much action can be taken in such a short time. It is difficult to change these things on the hoof.

“Normally there is a protocol to change a protocol. Even if they want to do something about it, they may have to wait until November!’

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