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Rassie takes to Twitter again… this time in vernacular

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Rassie Erasmus is currently serving a double suspension that was handed down by World Rugby in relation to his 62-minute video that led to disciplinary action after he criticised the officials involved in the first British & Irish Lions Test.

In his first tweet on Thursday, Erasmus posted a video of him seemingly taking a long sip of a Castle Lite, with the following caption in Xhosa: “Aish leBan indiza entloko,kuzobanzima. Mara kuzolunga!!!”

The translation to English reads as follows: “Eish this ban is getting to my head, it’s hard but it’s gonna be alright”

Later on, Erasmus made another social media post, along with a recording of two shooters, this time with the tweet in Tsonga reading as such: “Coach Rennie leyi ya titimela naswona yi yimele wena.”

The English translation is: “Coach Rennie, this one (drink) is very cold and it’s waiting for you.”

This appears to be in reference to the outburst from Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, who lambasted the “incredibly disappointing” officiating performance against Wales last weekend, calling for more accountability after his side suffered a narrow defeat.

Rennie, did not hold back in his criticism of the officiating, notably by South African television match official (TMO) Marius Jonker, particularly outlining two key moments: a yellow card for Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale for a deliberate knock-on and Nick Tompkins not being called back after knocking down a ball and sprinting away for a Wales try.

The comments come at a time when a renewed focus has been placed on officiating errors, although in this instance Rennie appears to have not faced any disciplinary backlash from World Rugby over his comments.

“I make a real point not to criticise referees,” Rennie said. “But our boys deserve better than that.

“There were lots of decisions today. I felt they had a massive bearing on the game. I’m incredibly disappointed with the officiating.”

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Aish leBan indiza entloko,kuzobanzima. Mara kuzolunga!!! pic.twitter.com/EYsvWmI7Da

— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) November 25, 2021

Horrible translation by Google. Here is the correct translation from XiTsonga to English: Coach Rennie, this one (drink) is very cold and it’s awaiting for you.

— Steven Moloto (@MolotoSteven) November 25, 2021

Reminder of ban handed down to Rassie:

Last week World Rugby came down hard on both SA Rugby and Erasmus in its verdict following their two independent misconduct hearings.

READ | FULL 80-PAGE RASSIE ERASMUS MISCONDUCT HEARING VERDICT

As part of the judgement after World Rugby issued a charge of misconduct, Erasmus was suspended with immediate effect from all rugby activities for two months.

In addition, he was suspended from all match-day activities (including coaching, contact with match officials, and media engagement) with immediate effect until 30 September 2022.

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