World Rugby is reportedly struggling to find a suitable date and time for SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’misconduct hearing.
The global governing body formally charged both Erasmus and SA Rugby after the former Springbok and Springbok coach compiled a sensational 62-minute video in which he detailed errors – in his opinion – made by World Rugby officials, particularly by those in charge of the first Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions in July of this year.
The Springboks lost that Test in Cape Town.
Due to the unprecedented nature of Rassie Erasmus’ actions, any possible punishment remains uncertain.
Reports have however suggested it could range from a fine or a stadium ban to the Springboks being stripped of their 2-1 series win over the British & Irish Lions.
On Sunday, Afrikaans newspaper Rapport indicated that one of the biggest challenges the committee is facing in convening the hearing is the fact that its members are based all around the world.
The disciplinary committee’s chairperson is in London, two of its senior advocates are in New Zealand, the World Rugby headquarters (where the hearing must take place) is in Dublin, while Erasmus and the SA Rugby bosses are in South Africa.
Time differences, coupled with Covid-19 restrictions, are making it logistically difficult to set a date for the hearing.
Should the hearing does take place during the Springboks’ upcoming year-end tour of the United Kingdom, Erasmus still won’t attend in person and will rather attend virtually.
The Springboks are due to play Wales in Cardiff (6 November), Scotland in Edinburgh (13 November) and England in London (20 November) on their three-Test end of year tour.