Player features, profiles and team lineups are all packed into the official match-day programme for the second Test between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick has come out in defence of Rassie Erasmus, saying that World Rugby cannot possibly take action against him without also taking steps against Warren Gatland.
Siya Kolisi has supported SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’ claims that the Springbok captain was disrespected by the officiating team during the first Test against the British & Irish Lions.
World Rugby has responded to Rassie Erasmus’ hour-long video highlighting officiating discrepancies in the first Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions.
Rugby Australia has condemned the commentary from South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus surrounding the performance of Nic Berry.
Former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad believes that while Rassie Erasmus’ controversial video was a risky move, South Africa’s director of rugby ‘has got a point’ regarding officiating inconsistencies.
British & Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones was “an absolute genius” in the way he courted referee Nic Berry last week, according to former Springbok captain John Smit.
South Africa’s most capped skipper John Smit has highlighted the potential pitfalls of Erasmus’ video while conceding that both team’s coaching staff have fallen foul of influencing match officials in both Test match weeks.
British & Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones reacted on Thursday to South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’ criticism of the refereeing in the first Test by saying “match officials have the hardest job in rugby”.
Rassie Erasmus released a video about the back and forth battle between him and Warren Gatland, the match officials, and goes through some clips where the Springboks were on the wrong the end of refereeing decisions.