- Rugby World Cup-winning former coach Rassie Erasmus gave an example of taking the high road
- The South African Rugby Union's director of rugby responded classily to a snarky tweet by former Springbok Rob Louw
- The outspoken Louw made a joke about Elton Jantjies being sent home from Argentina together with Zeenat Simjee after their affair was exposed
Rassie Erasmus and Rob Louw beefing wasn't on anyone's rugby bingo card in 2022.
Yet the South African Rugby Union's director of rugby and the former Springbok sniped at each other again on Twitter.
Joking about Elton Jantjies' affair with the Bok team's dietician Zeenat Simjee, Louw said:
"I don't understand the @Springboks selectors now that Elton scores he gets sent home @RassieRugby "
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Typically, Erasmus responded diplomatically but with a waspish undertone:
"Rob you tagged me, so I guess you want a response. I have obviously been guilty of making comments/fun of stuff like this in the past! When I see the suffering & damage to innocent children & parents involved I tend to think twice before I comment (just respect for the families)."
This is not the first time the two have crossed swords on social media. A few weeks ago, Louw criticised the Boks for lacking a cutting edge following consecutive defeats against New Zealand and Australia.
During Erasmus' tenure as coach, Louw sniped at the Bok squad as it stumbled out of the disastrous Allister Coetzee era in 2018, before course-correcting towards world cup glory in Japan in 2019.
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Elton Jantjies and Zeenat Simjee at least know that one person is not believing the entire story currently about them.
As reported by Sports Brief, South African Rugby Union president Mark Alexander has given an interesting take concerning the reaction to their alleged affair. The Springbok and fly-half and dietician are currently persona non grata inside their organisation as it looks to manage the crisis.
Alexander took an unexpectedly cautionary to the matter, speaking ahead of the Springboks' match against Argentina on Saturday night in the Rugby Championship.
Source: Sports Brief News