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South African coach Jacques Nienaber has accused the rugby world of disrespecting his team following director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’ ban on posts about referees on social media.
“If all the facts were there, I think people would have a different opinion,” Nienaber said of World Rugby’s two-week Erasmus ban.
“It’s pretty sad if you think about it.”
Erasmus’ suspension includes Saturday’s game against England.
Nienaber, who stepped into the role of head coach in 2019, said he believes misconceptions around his world champion team extend to their style of play.
“We can’t control the narrative that’s being broadcast that we’re boring and we don’t attack we just kick and tackle,” he said.
“All the energy you put into it, you’re not going to change that narrative, it’s the narrative that people want to drive.
“If we’ll ever get respect, I don’t know, but as long as we’re comfortable with what we’re offering here and trying to accomplish, and are open and honest with each other as a group .”
South African director of rugby Erasmus had only been cleared to return to Springbok matchday in October. after a year ban for his criticism of match officials during his side’s series win over the British and Irish Lions in 2021.
World Rugby has said its social media comments on refereeing decisions could have a corrosive effect on the grassroots game, with governing body chief executive Alan Gilpin. emphasizing that the dialogue between officials and coaches must remain private.
Nienaber said he could not reveal the information he said was not made public due to confidentiality rules, but would “probably” eventually come to light.
“We can’t discuss unfortunately, it’s like that, but we know the facts and we share with those the players and within the group,” he added.
The Springboks have made six changes to the side who beat Italy 61-23 last weekend, with a host of players, like winger Cheslin Kolbe and number eight Jasper Wiese, forced to return to their clubs as the game is taking place outside the Test window.
Second row Eben Etzebeth returns to the starting lineup with promising number eight Evan Roos earning his third cap.
South Africa: Red; Arendse, Kriel, De Allende, Mapimpi; Willemse, De Klerk; Nche, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Orie, Kolisi (c), Mostert, Roos.
Subs: Marx, Kitshoff, Du Toit, Van Staden, Smith, Hendrikse, Libbok, Moodie