Why Rassie decided not to appeal the World Rugby ban
Family “tension” is one of the many reasons why SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus have decided not to appeal the sanctions imposed by the World Rugby Disciplinary Commission.
According to Report newspaper, a prominent informant said the decision to drop the appeal was made in order to “bury the case for good”.
Erasmus compiled a video in which he highlighted and broken down 26 mistakes made by Australian referee Nic Berry during the first test between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions.
The director of rugby and his employers were cited in October for bringing the game into disrepute and World Rugby has brought six charges against Erasmus for various breaches of Regulation 18 and the code of conduct.
Three days before the Springboks face England at Twickenham, World Rugby announced that Erasmus had received a two-month suspension from all rugby and a six-month suspension from match-day activities. Shortly after the ban was pronounced, SA Rugby and Erasmus announced their intention to appeal the decision.
However, in a brief statement this week, SA Rugby confirmed that it had withdrawn the appeal, a move that would have been facilitated by the fact that SA Rugby and Erasmus were not required to apologize personally to Berry.
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There is also a view that the call against the two-month ban on all rugby activities would be pointless as the 2021 testing schedule is over and SA Rugby will soon be closing its offices for the holidays.
Next year Erasmus will be allowed to travel with the Springboks and get involved in their preparation for test matches, but will not be with the squad on match days.
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