‘Rassie was right but disrespectful’ – Eddie Jones

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England head coach Eddie Jones has given his opinion on the infamous video whereby Rassie Erasmus highlighted errors made by Australian referee Nic Berry during the first Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions.

Erasmus received a two-month suspension from all rugby in November and cannot attend a rugby match of any level until the end of September. The ban comes after he was deemed to have violated World Rugby’s code of conduct in a review carried out by an independent committee.

Video lacked respect

“For accuracy, it’s probably nine out of 10 but for respect probably zero out of 10,” Jones told The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast in his analysis of Erasmus’ video.

The 61-year-old reminded viewers that he is no stranger to punishment after learning the hard way about openly criticising referees earlier in his coaching career.

“I got into trouble in my younger days when I criticised a referee in 2007 after a Reds game,” said Jones. “I was fined $10,000 and had $5,000 in legal fees. I had to pay for it myself. So it was an expensive story.

“It was not good for the game. You also set a bad example for your team. If a player concedes a penalty kick and shows resistance against the referee, it is very difficult to coach him in that facet. After that I decided not to say anything, something I maintained 99% of the time.

“We saw Rassie’s frustration and saw Dave Rennie (the Wallabies’ coach) explode. Every coach feels that way sometimes. We (England) had that Six Nations match against Wales where two tries were wrongly awarded. However, we can not afford to act in this way, because it will only make matters worse

“We have to simplify our use of technology and show respect for the referee, and be very strict with coaches who criticise referees.”

Jones believes assistant referees should have more of a hand in helping on-field decisions.

“I think referees should work as a trio,” he said. “If you have a maul on one side of the field, the assistant referee must do the policing there. The one on the other side must then police the sideline. If they work together as a trio, I believe that the standard will be much better.”

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