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Rugby should do MORE to guard referees, insists Gregor Townsend after Rassie Erasmus ban

Rugby should do MORE to guard referees and stamp out intimidation, insists Gregor Townsend, who welcomes the choice handy South Africa chief Rassie Erasmus a two-month ban for his tirade on officers

  • Lions coach Gregor Townsend insists extra have to be carried out to guard referees
  • It comes after Rassie Erasmus was handed a two-month ban by World Rugby 
  • He had hit out at refereeing shows throughout the Lions tour in a YouTube clip  
  • Townsend insists it was a ‘actually unhealthy episode’ for rugby and extra have to be carried out


Lions coach Gregor Townsend has welcomed the damning verdict towards Rassie Erasmus and believes rugby should now do extra to stamp out intimidation.

Townsend was Warren Gatland’s assistant throughout the summer season tour of South Africa, when Erasmus recorded a scathing one-hour critique of referee Nic Berry.

Now again in his function with Scotland, Townsend needs to see a crackdown on coaches enjoying the Erasmus-style waterboy function.

Lions coach Gregor Townsend insists extra have to be carried out to guard referees after South Africa chief Rassie Erasmus had hit out at refereeing shows throughout the Lions tour in a YouTube clip

‘That was a extremely unhealthy episode for our recreation,’ mentioned Townsend.

‘I’ve since spoken to Nic Berry about it and he went by way of a extremely powerful time and so did his household. 

‘We will’t fall into that entice of successful in any respect prices and placing stress on people.

‘We received to the choice that was introduced, however for me that is the tip of the iceberg. 

The Springboks chief had six charges of misconduct upheld against him after he hit out at referees during the Lions tour this summer

The Springboks chief had six expenses of misconduct upheld towards him after he hit out at referees throughout the Lions tour this summer season

Erasmus also used Twitter to criticise the Lions for their 'reckless and dangerous' play

Erasmus additionally used Twitter to criticise the Lions for his or her ‘reckless and harmful’ play

‘We’ve seen a variety of incidents the place folks on the sidelines are attempting to intimidate gamers and officers. It’s received to cease.

‘I’d urge World Rugby to make additional adjustments. Why do we want coaches on the sidelines? 

‘If they’re on the sidelines they need to stay as much as sure behaviours and values that we pleasure in our recreation, which sadly I felt over the summer season and since then have been misplaced.’

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