South Africa’s rugby director Rassie Erasmus faces a misconduct hearing following his criticism of the match officials following their first Test loss to the British and Irish Lions.
World Rugby said the ‘full and direct nature’ of Erasmus’ one hour video monologue is a potential violation of the Code of Conduct.
In a statement she called officials the “backbone” of sport.
“Without them there is no game,” it said.
“World Rugby condemns any public criticism of their selection, performance or integrity that undermines their role, the established and trustworthy feedback process of the coaches and, above all, the values that are at the heart of the sport.”
Erasmus spoke directly in front of the camera for 62 minutes, highlighting the performance of Australian referee Nic Berry in the game the tourists won 22-17.
He felt that the South African players – including captain Siya Kolisi – were not viewed with the same respect as the Lions and their skipper Alun Wyn Jones.
In the video posted on Vimeo, Erasmus said, “Give springboks and Lions on the field an equal opportunity when it comes to laws, respect, the way players are treated, what the coaches say The match is told to the referees how to give feedback after the game and how things will be expressed in the media.
“It’s weird the respect they give [officials] showed towards the South African players compared to the Lions players. “
The World Rugby Declaration said it had reminded both sides of their obligation to uphold the integrity of the sport.
“It is an opportunity for both teams and their management to set a positive example and focus on the spectacle and a wonderful example of rugby and its best values,” he added.
South Africa moved into the series with one An emphatic 27-9 win in the second test last weekend in Cape Town.
The series decision will take place on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. BST in Cape Town.