Rassie Erasmus shouldn’t be allowed to be the Boks’ water boy
Former international referee Alain Rolland has asked World Rugby to investigate the Springboks’ use of Rassie Erasmus as the team’s water carrier.
Erasmus, rugby director of SA Rugby, was on the sidelines and delivered tactical messages during the Lions Series warm-up matches.
The presence of the former Springbok coach there prompted British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, who suggested that Erasmus should carry water when he runs on the pitch during stops and not just messages.
However, in an interview with the Daily mailFormer test referee Rolland, who took charge of the 2007 World Cup final, has now said Erasmus is technically breaking World Rugby laws and should not be allowed to stay on the sideline during of the first test in Cape Town on Saturday.
“Rassie Erasmus should not be allowed to play the role of water carrier on Saturday,” said Rolland the newspaper.
“Head coaches are not allowed in the technical area. Rassie Erasmus is the head coach in everything but the name.
” That does not suit me. I have no doubt that it will be reviewed by World Rugby.
“I have no doubt that this has been raised this week and will be considered by World Rugby,” added Rolland. “It can be very difficult to quit because technically South Africa does not violate protocol.
“If South Africa can prove that they are not the head coach, there might not be a lot of action to take in such a short time. It’s hard to change these things on the hoof. There is normally a protocol for changing a protocol. Even if they want to do something, they may have to wait until November.
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