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Boks block Rassie Erasmus social media query at press convention

In London

Springbok media supervisor Zeena Isaacs-van Tonder blocked an English journalist from asking Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber about SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus on Tuesday.

The brief however sharp trade between Isaacs-Van Tonder and the journalist occurred on the Boks’ group announcement press convention on the Lensbury Resort on Tuesday, the place Nienaber had initially and confidently answered earlier questions on Erasmus’s involvement with the group and the way they’ve handled it.

Erasmus, who coached the Boks to the 2019 Rugby World Cup title earlier than shifting as much as the place of director of rugby in 2020, was issued with a ban by World Rugby final week Thursday for tweeting about officiating inconsistencies within the losses in opposition to Eire and France earlier this month.

Springbok group

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Canan Moodie

Isaacs-Van Tonder had already talked about through the press briefing that it wasn’t about Erasmus, however concerning the group announcement.

“Do you help your director of rugby placing movies up on social media to assist individuals perceive what’s happening? Do you help him doing that?” was the query.

“Jacques, do not reply that. This isn’t a Rassie press convention,” was Isaacs-Van Tonder’s response.

Kick-off for Saturday’s Check is at 19:30 (SA time).

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