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RassieGate: Boks will have their 'water boy' on tour

INTERVIEW: The game’s most renowned ‘water boy’, Rassie Erasmus, is set to tour with the Springboks.

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Just more than a week out from his World Rugby disciplinary hearing it was revealed that Erasmus will form part of South Africa’s year-end tour management squad.

Erasmus, the Director of Rugby, and SA Rugby will front up to a World Rugby hearing on October 30 and 31.

Erasmus and SA Rugby were charged by the world governing body after Erasmus produced an hour-long video criticising match officials for their performance in the Springboks’ 17-22 defeat in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in July.

Bok coach Jacques Nienaber revealed that Erasmus will again be a member of the management team when the 32-man squad depart for a pre-tour camp in France this coming weekend.

“Rassie is coming along with us on tour,” Nienaber told a virtual media briefing.

“He will fulfil his normal role, as he has done previously,” the coach said of the water boy duties Erasmus fulfilled during the B&I Lions tour.

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Erasmus did not travel with the team to Australia for the Rugby Championship, after a storm erupted around his head in the wake of the infamous RassieGate video.

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* Meanwhile Nienaber revealed that the Boks will spend a week in France before travelling to Cardiff on October 31.

The Springboks will be without their overseas-based players for the week in France, as that falls outside the international window.

“We will have some training sessions,” Nienaber said of the French leg of the trip.

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He added that they will also be attending some World Rugby arranged promotional events surrounding the 2023 World Cup.

The team will play three Test matches – against Wales in Cardiff (November 6), Scotland in Edinburgh (November 13) and England in London (November 20).

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