Springbok media manager Zeena Isaacs-van Tonder prevented an English journalist from asking Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber about SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus on Tuesday.
The brief but sharp exchange between Isaacs-Van Tonder and the journalist took place at the Boks team announcement press conference at the Lensbury Resort on Tuesday, where Nienaber initially and confidently answered previous questions about Erasmus’ involvement with the team. and how have you dealt with it
Erasmus, who coached the Boks to the 2019 Rugby World Cup title before rising to the role of director of rugby in 2020, received a ban from World Rugby last week on Thursday for tweeting about refereeing inconsistencies in the losses to Ireland and France before. this month.
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Isaacs-Van Tonder had already mentioned during the press conference that it was not about Erasmus, but about the announcement of the team.
“Do you support your rugby manager by putting videos on social media to help people understand what’s going on? Do you support him by doing that?” was the question.
“Jacques, don’t answer that. This is not a Rassie press conference,” was Isaacs-Van Tonder’s reply.
The start of the test on Saturday is at 19:30 (SA time).
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