Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

Cape Town: South Africa’s director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has withdrawn his appeal against a two-month quarantine and apologized to Australian judge Nic Berry for his 62-minute video criticism of the match leader after the first test against the British and Irish lions in July.

Erasmus was found guilty of misconduct by an independent committee last week and suspended from all rugby for two months – and all match day activities until 30 September 2022 – while South African rugby was fined £ 20,000 ($ 37,000). The governing body has also withdrawn its complaint against this sanction.

Rassie Erasmus will no longer appeal his ban.

Rassie Erasmus will no longer appeal his ban.Credit:AP

“SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus would like to apologize to the match leaders designated for the first test of the Springbok series against the British and Irish Lions,” SA Rugby said in a statement on Thursday.

“We also confirm that SA Rugby and Erasmus have informed World Rugby that they are withdrawing their notice of appeal and will not appeal against the sanctions imposed by the Committee on Legal Affairs.

“This has been a very stressful and charged environment with unusual pressure on everyone involved and we have no desire to extend that experience for anyone.

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

Erasmus’ two-month exclusion will have little significant effect on Boks as they are not in action again before Wales visit three Tests in July next year.

His exclusion on match day does not prevent him from helping prepare the team for matches alongside head coach Jacques Nienaber, but he will not be able to carry out his controversial role as water carrier.

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