Rassie Erasmus hits back at Lions for compromising ‘integrity of the game’


  • South African denies he is behind ‘Jaco Johan’ on Twitter
  • Erasmus dismisses Sir Clive Woodward’s criticism

Rassie Erasmus has taken a swipe at the British & Irish Lions for compromising the “integrity of the game” by making their anger known at the appointment of the South African TMO Marius Jonker. In what appeared to be a thinly veiled return of fire, Erasmus then insisted he would never draw attention to the fact that Warren Gatland and Saturday’s referee Ben O’Keeffe are both New Zealanders.

In a remarkable press conference, Erasmus also denied that he was behind the Twitter account “Jaco Johan”, voiced his frustrations with World Rugby, again criticised Mako Vunipola for manhandling Cheslin Kolbe and delivered a withering putdown of Sir Clive Woodward. For, what at first felt like South Africa’s director of rugby facing the music swiftly turned into the Rassie Erasmus Show.

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Written by Gerard Meagher in Cape Town
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/27/rugby-union-british-and-irish-lions-second-test-south-africa-rugby-union under the title “Rassie Erasmus hits back at Lions for compromising ‘integrity of the game’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.