RA condemn Erasmus’ criticism of referee Nic Berry


Rugby Australia has criticised what it termed the abuse of referee Nic Berry by South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus following the primary check between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions in Cape City.

Erasmus used 26 clips in an hour-long video critique of the match officers’ efficiency in Saturday’s match, which the Lions gained 22-17, accusing Australian Berry of not exhibiting Bok captain Siya Kolisi the identical respect as his Lions counterpart Alun Wyn Jones.

Rugby Australia stated it famous “with dismay and concern the latest public commentary …concerning Australian referee Nic Berry and different match officers.”

“There isn’t any place for abuse of match officers in Australian Rugby… Rugby Australia believes the latest actions are unacceptable and in opposition to the spirit and values of the sport,” it stated in a press release.

Its Chief Government, Andy Marinos, stated Berry was a extremely regarded and revered worldwide referee.

“The assault on Nic’s integrity, character and status is unacceptable,” he added.

South African Rugby declined to remark when contacted by Reuters.

“We now have been involved with World Rugby… and perceive that they’re actively reviewing this matter as some information offered weren’t correct,” Merinos added, suggesting that Berry had been affected by the general public criticism.

“You will need to guarantee public assaults of this nature are usually not tolerated. We are going to proceed to supply assist to Nic at the moment, as each his bodily and psychological wellbeing stays a precedence for us.”

The second check between the Boks and Lions can be performed on the similar venue on Saturday.

The match can be refereed by New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe, with Berry and Frenchman Mathieu Raynal as assistants.

Raynal will take cost of the third and remaining check on Aug 7.

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