- Rasi Erasmus for 2 months from Rugby and 10 from match days. has been banned for
- Rugby director criticizes referee Nick Berry after Lions’ Test loss
- The South African reveals he plans to ‘tell his side of the story’ in a documentary
- The situation of Kovid in South Africa could lead to the loss of European Cup matches
- Munster is cleared to return to Ireland but Cardiff has not resolved the trip
Rasi Erasmus may again find himself in hot water with World Rugby, after revealing plans to tell ‘his side of the story’ on his ban from the sport, as part of a TV documentary.
A fortnight ago the disgraced South African director of rugby was suspended from match days for 10 months, and any participation in the game for two hours for videos of their hour-long Lions series. in which he publicly criticized the referee’s decisions.
And on Sunday he announced on Twitter that he had to break cover – with the governing body monitoring the situation closely.
Erasmus wrote on social media: ‘So excited!! As part of a documentary we are working on (I have some time) with SuperSport I will be able to share my side of the story!! Thanks @SuperSportTV’
Rasi Erasmus was banned by World Rugby for criticizing Australian referee Nick Berry
Erasmus revealed on Twitter that he plans to tell ‘his side of the story’ of his ban in a documentary
It is understood that if Erasmus dilutes the consequences of his ban within that documentary it will trigger further disciplinary action.
Last week South African Rugby and Erasmus withdrew appeals against the decision, but are not letting the matter lie.
Meanwhile the chaotic COVID situation in South Africa could spell defeat for the European Cup match, with Cardiff and Munster still stuck in the red-listed country and scrambling to complete upcoming fixtures.
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United Rugby Championship games in South Africa were suspended last week due to the rise of the new Omicron version, Scarlett managed to escape to a quarantine hotel in Belfast, and Italian side Zebre made it to Bologna. But last night Cardiff and Munster remained in Cape Town.
The Munster squad has received approval to return to Ireland – in addition to a member who has tested positive and a close contact – but Cardiff is yet to make arrangements for a trip to his home.
The Welsh side has two positive cases, one suspected to be Omicron, isolating his teammates in an isolated hotel, who themselves have returned two sets of negative PCR results.
Munster squad (above) are cleared to return to Ireland but Cardiff is stranded
Cardiff will face European Champions Cup holders Toulouse at home on 11 December, and Münster will travel to Wasps the next day. If both the teams return home soon then those games will be adversely affected.
Sportsmail understands that while the EPCR will not force teams to play their fixtures, they will stick to their rules, which state that if a team cannot field a team, they will lose 28–0, five points. Will lose the game with.
Cardiff is in the worst shape. They have only seven established players at home – Josh Adams, Alice Jenkins, Ulysse Hallaholo, Seb Davis, Tomos Williams, Dillon Lewis and Ollie Robinson – but the rest must self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days upon their return .
Cardiff has only seven regulars at home, including Josh Adams (L) and Elise Jenkins (R).
So it is highly doubtful that they will be able to play Toulouse on Saturday week.
The EPCR may allow relaxation of registration rules, so additional players can fill teams on match day.
But teams must stay on their fixture lists as long as possible in order to satisfy broadcast deals with the likes of BT Sport, so a postponement is incredibly unlikely.
South Africa and each side paying for quarantine hotel rooms at home are also facing eye-watering bills of up to £125,000.