SA Rugby and their director of rugby Rassie Erasmus have learned of the date of their misconduct hearing after World Rugby confirmed as much on Thursday.
SA Rugby and Erasmus were formally charged by the world governing body after the latter produced an extraordinary 62-minute-long video criticising match officials following the Springboks’ 22-17 defeat to the British & Irish Lions in the first Test of their three-match series at the Cape Town Stadium in July.
In a statement, World Rugby confirmed that the misconduct hearings will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 October 2021.
Those dates are exactly a week before the Springboks kick off their three-match end of year tour against Wales in Cardiff on 6 November.
The hearing will be chaired by Independent Judicial Panel chairperson Christopher Quinlan QC and the panel will include two New Zealanders in Nigel Hampton QC and Judge Mike Mika.
Full World Rugby statement:
“Independent Judicial Panel Chairman Christopher Quinlan QC has confirmed that the Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby misconduct hearing will take place over the weekend of 30-31 October.
Quinlan will chair the panel alongside Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) and Judge Mike Mika (New Zealand).
Following the provision of detailed written submissions and evidence from Mr Erasmus, SA Rugby and World Rugby, a request was received from SA Rugby and Mr Erasmus for an oral hearing, which has been granted. The hearing date, set in consultation with the parties, is the earliest possible date taking into account previous commitments of all parties, participants and the multiple time zones involved.