Editorials
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19 Nov 2021
6:30 am

World Rugby missed an opportunity to correct officiating standards in the game

Editorials

The Erasmus video gave World Rugby the perfect opportunity to look in on themselves and clean house.

Rassie Erasmus' misconduct hearing will take place on the weekend of 30 and 31 October. Picture: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

World Rugby have once again missed the mark with their heavy-handed sentence passed down against SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus in regards to his video criticising the refereeing of Nic Berry during the British & Irish Lions tour in July. The phrase, don’t shoot the messenger, comes to mind when discussing the Erasmus debacle that has rumbled on for almost five months now, culminating with him being banned from all rugby activities for two months and from match day activities until September next year. The main talking point which should have emerged from the video should have been...