Rassie Erasmus banned for two months

18 Nov 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

South Africa's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been banned from all rugby for two months after World Rugby found him guilty on six charges.

The South Africa director of rugby will also be forbidden to take part in any matchday activities, including coaching and media duties, until September 30, 2022.

The 49-year-old has been punished for an hour-long video criticising the refereeing in July's first-Test defeat by the British and Irish Lions.

World Rugby found the video contained "multiple abusive and insulting comments and attacks on the officials".

The charges upheld by an independent misconduct committee included attacking, disparaging and/or denigrating the game and match officials, and not accepting the authority of match officials.

SA Rugby was also charged with allowing Erasmus to commit acts of misconduct and for permitting captain Siya Kolisi and assistant coach Mzwandile Stick to make comments at a press conference on July 30 that were not "disciplined or sporting and adversely affected the game of rugby".

It means the man who led South Africa to World Cup success in 2019 - beating England in the final - will be able to play no part when South Africa face England again at Twickenham on Saturday.