South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus assured Tuesday that his latest controversial tweets highlighting the decisions unfavorable to South Africa against the Blues last Saturday, were not a new attack on the refereeing body.
The former Springboks coach only recently returned to his role after being banned by World Rugby for an hour-long video in which he criticized referee Nic Berry’s performance in a test between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions last year.
That didn’t stop Erasmus from posting several videos on social media that appeared to question the decisions made by referee Wayne Barnes during the match. loss 30-26 of the Springboks against France last Saturday in Marseille, as well as a clip of a throw-in which led to Ireland’s second try in South Africa’s 19-16 defeat in Dublin earlier this month.
But, speaking on a conference call on Tuesday after the reigning world champions named their squad to face Italy on Saturday in Genoahe assured that it was not a question of “ not to blame the referee… This is obviously something that we must correct on our side “.
“For me we don’t need that in the game and I would have thought he had learned his lesson by now”
The implicit criticism of the English referee Barnes contained in the Erasmus videos greatly displeased the former star of the international refereeing corps, the Welshman Nigel Owens, retired since the end of 2020. “For me we don’t need that in the game and I would have thought he had learned his lesson by now”he lamented.
” Once you start putting that stuff on social media questioning decisions, that’s not the spirit of the sport… I don’t think that’s fair and I don’t like that “concluded the former glory of international arbitration.