SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus took a subtle dig at World Rugby as he began his two-month ban from all rugby by downing his sorrows in a pint of Guinness.
World Rugby came down hard on both SA Rugby and Erasmus in its verdict following their two independent misconduct hearings.
As part of the judgement after World Rugby issued a charge of misconduct, Erasmus has been suspended with immediate effect from all rugby activities for two months.
In addition, he has been suspended from all match-day activities (including coaching, contact with match officials, and media engagement) with immediate effect until 30 September 2022.
The ruling also includes “a warning as to his future conduct and an apology to the relevant match officials”.
It of course means that Erasmus will not be able to fulfil a role as a water carrier, or in the coaches’ box, when the Springboks take on England at Twickenham this Saturday.
On Friday, Rassie Erasmus took to Twitter to post a photo (presumably of him) enjoying a Guinness, with the caption: “Sad not to be with the boys! Captain’s practice time now. I do, however, get the feeling the two months will not be so bad as feared.”
Erasmus ended the tweet with a South Africa flag – as well as the Colours For African Pride And For Marking Atrocities Against Africans (red, black, gold and green).
Tell us how you really feel, Rassie!