Rassie Erasmus grabbed plenty of headlines for the wrong reasons during the Lions’ tour of South Africa
England head coach Eddie Jones believes action should be taken against Rassie Erasmus quickly as he hit out at the South African for his antics during the recent Lions Tour.
Erasmus dominated headlines for the wrong reasons for South Africa following an astonishing rant at the officials during the thrilling series just gone.
The Springboks director of rugby went on the attack against the officials in an extraordinary hour-long video, slamming their decisions after his country’s defeat in the first Test against Warren Gatland’s Lions squad in Cape Town.
The investigation from World Rugby into Erasmus’ actions has yet to conclude, but Jones wants a severe punishment for him following his “disrespectful” actions.
“It should be dealt with quickly,” Jones told the BBC.
“We need to make sure that we have respect in the game because we are asking kids to be respectful to the referee, and if they see examples of players or coaches being disrespectful to the referee it gives them an excuse to do it at their level.”
Despite hitting out at Erasmus, Jones did admit that the standard of refereeing needs to improve within the sport.
The England head coach added: “The game is in a good place but we have to be careful and I think there are some issues in the game we need to look at very carefully and I think one of them is the diligence of the referees to referee the important part of the game well.
“Rassie made his famous video and I don’t think that is correct, but we need to make sure the referees work as a three a lot harder than they do at the moment to ensure that particularly at the breakdown we get what we need to get, which is a fair contest between contest and continuity.
“But there is an appropriate way to do it, and that is being respectful to the referee.”
Erasmus’ actions overshadowed the early stages of the Lions series, but after the opening defeat in Cape Town, South Africa let their rugby do the talking.
The hosts, who were underprepared prior to facing the Lions, went onto win the series 2-1 – edging out Gatland’s side 19-16 in the decider thanks to Morne Steyn’s late penalty.