Springbok media manager Zeena Isaacs-van Tonder blocked an English journalist on Tuesday from asking Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber about SA Rugby director Rassie Erasmus.
The brief but sharp conversation between Isaacs-Van Tonder and the journalist took place during the Boks team announcement press conference at the Lensbury Resort on Tuesday, where Nienaber had initially and confidently answered previous questions about Erasmus’ involvement with the team and how they handled it .
Erasmus, who coached the Boks to the 2019 Rugby World Cup title before rising to the position of director of rugby in 2020, was suspended by World Rugby last Thursday for tweeting about leading inconsistencies in the losses against Ireland and France earlier this month.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutions: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Canan Moodie
Isaacs-Van Tonder had already mentioned during the press briefing that it was not about Erasmus, but about the team announcement.
“Do you support your rugby director by posting videos on social media to help people understand what’s going on? Do you support him in that?” was the question.
“Jacques, don’t answer that. This is not a Rassie press conference,” Isaacs-Van Tonder replied.
Kick-off for Saturday’s test is at 7:30 PM (SA time).
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