So lekka: Rassie's quick-witted response to World Rugby release
REACTION: South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus wasted no time to responded to World Rugby’s long-awaited announcement of a date for his hearing.
Judicial panel Chairman Christopher Quinlan confirmed that the Erasmus and SA Rugby misconduct hearing will take place over the weekend of October 30 and 31.
“So lekka,” said on his social media channels, in response to the World Rugby statement.
“This is what we all deserve – players, coaches, supporters and referees.
“[We] just [want] to get an opportunity to tell the truth without an option of hiding anything!!
“Then anyone can make an informed decision on facts!!
“The way it should be!!”
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Erasmus was charged after an hour-long video was released during the Springboks’ two-one series victory over the British and Irish Lions in July.
An indignant Erasmus produced the video after his team lost 17-22 to the British and Irish Lions in the first Test in Cape Town on July 24.
In a 62-minute monologue in which Erasmus revealed his displeasure in the performance of Australian referee Nic Berry and his disrespectful behaviour towards Springbok skipper Siyamthanda Kolisi.
The video was directed at World Rugby’s High-Performance Match Officials Manager Joël Jutge and was forwarded through the appropriate channels.
Quinlan will chair the panel alongside Nigel Hampton (New Zealand) and Mike Mika (New Zealand).
* World Rugby statement