Rugby Australia has blasted World Cup-winning manager Rassie Erasmus aft his bonzer disapproval of Aussie referee Nic Berry.
After immoderate antithetic commentary connected societal media pursuing the Springboks' archetypal Test nonaccomplishment to the British and Irish Lions, Erasmus - present South Africa's manager of rugby - took things to different level.
The erstwhile Springboks escaped guardant released a bizarre, hour-long video taking purpose astatine Berry and his assistants portion besides claiming that Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi was being treated otherwise to Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones.
Erasmus acted arsenic a 'waterboy' successful the archetypal Test successful Cape Town, relaying messages to the Springboks.
RA issued a beardown connection tonight, noting Erasmus' comments with "dismay and concern."
"Match officials signifier the precise cloth of our crippled – simply, the crippled would not beryllium without them," RA main enforcement Andy Marinos said.
"As a highly regarded and respected planetary referee appointed by World Rugby, the onslaught connected Nic's integrity, quality and estimation is unacceptable.
"We person been successful interaction with World Rugby, nether whose auspices this Test Series sit, and recognize that they are actively reviewing this substance arsenic immoderate facts presented were not accurate.
"It is important to guarantee nationalist attacks of this quality are not tolerated. We volition proceed to supply enactment to Nic astatine this time, arsenic some his carnal and intelligence wellbeing remains a precedence for us."