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BREAKING: Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby make stunning U-turn, withdraw appeal

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SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus have apologised to the match officials appointed to the first Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions in July of this year.

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In a sensational press release on Thursday, SA Rugby also confirmed that it and Erasmus have advised World Rugby that they withdraw their Notice of Appeal and will not lodge an appeal against the sanctions imposed by the Judicial Committee.

The statement added: “This has been a highly stressful and charged environment with unusual pressures placed on all concerned and we have no wish to prolong that experience for anyone.

“We have drawn a line under the incident and only wish to look forward. We will respect the outcomes of the hearing, allowing our national teams and rugby operations to plan with clarity for the coming months.”

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