ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Jul 30, 2021

Rugby Australia condemn Erasmus public 'attack', back their referee

Rugby Australia, led by former Springbok team manager Andy Marinos, have come out in support of referee Nic Berry following the hour long video and other clips that Rassie Erasmus put out in the media this week. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Erasmus used 26 clips in an hour-long video critique of the match officials’ performance in Saturday’s match, which the Lions won 22-17, accusing Australian Berry of not showing Bok captain Siya Kolisi the same respect as his Lions counterpart Alun Wyn Jones.

They released the following statement:

Rugby Australia has noted with dismay and concern the recent public commentary by South African Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, regarding Australian referee Nic Berry and other match officials.

There is no place for abuse of match officials in Australian Rugby, with Rugby Australia committed to promoting a fair, safe and inclusive Rugby experience for all participants, officials and fans.

Rugby Australia believes the recent actions are unacceptable and against the spirit and values of the game.

WATCH: RWC winning coach launches unbelievable one hour rant at officials

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Andy Marinos said: “Match officials form the very fabric of our game – simply, the game would not exist without them. As a highly regarded and respected international referee appointed by World Rugby, the attack on Nic’s integrity, character and reputation is unacceptable.

“We have been in contact with World Rugby, under whose auspices this Test Series sit, and understand that they are actively reviewing this matter as some facts presented were not accurate.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It is important to ensure public attacks of this nature are not tolerated. We will continue to provide support to Nic at this time, as both his physical and mental wellbeing remains a priority for us,” Marinos said.

Erasmus says that he made the video public because of the lack of response from Berry and his officials, therefore messing with team selection.

The Springboks and the British and Irish Lions meet again in Cape Town on Saturday, with the series on the line after the Lions won the first Test.

The match will be refereed by New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe, with Berry and Frenchman Mathieu Raynal as assistants. Raynal will take charge of the third and final Test on August 7.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED VIDEO:

Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Pat Lambie sinks 55-metre kick to beat the...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby X - The fastest ever variation of Rugby...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Just Jonny Wilkinson smashing people



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 7 HOURS AGO

    Two Of World Rugby’s Best Set To Go Head-To-Head

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Los Pumas Backrow Marcos Kremer Handed Mid-Range Ban Follow Red In Scotland Match

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Former Scottish Coach Under Fire For Controversial HIA Comments

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    England Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie Hammers Beauden Barrett With Low Shot

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Massive Brawl in Scotland vs Argentina Thriller At BT Murrayfield

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Finn Russell Sets Up Worldie Try As Scotland Flex Their Muscles Against 14-Man Argentina

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Kyle Sinckler pushes insane amount on the leg press

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Harry Potter misfires comeback spell as Bath defeat Leicester

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Lions Star Jordan Hendrikse Smashes 70m Penalty Kick

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Adam Hastings hit 50m+ match winning drop goal in extraordinary scenes

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Brutal Story Reveals How Tough Eddie Jones Is On His Staff

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Stuart Hogg Scares The Pants Off Duhan van der Merwe

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    One Year On From Freddie Steward's Brilliant Post Springbok Match Interview

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    World Class Sledging During Scotland vs Argentina Match Picked Up On Ref Mic

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All

Amateur

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Cipriani set to start in last Barbarians test of the year

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Finn Russell very close to joining west-country Premiership outfit

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    South Africa name side without Cheslin Kolbe and other stars ahead of England match

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo among the winners at the World Rugby Awards

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All