Rassie Erasmus has dismissed claims that he is operating a bogus Twitter account.
Following the defeat to the Lions on Saturday, Erasmus tweeted a clutch of clipped footage to raise incidents that left the Springbok management frustrated over officiating calls.
Erasmus subsequently interacted with one Twitter user named Jaco Johan, leading to suggestions the Boks boss had created the account himself.
Thanks. This is rugby - sometimes calls go for you and other times they dont https://t.co/ONZp0uoWJF— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 25, 2021
The South Africa rugby director joined Tuesday's Springboks press conference specifically to set the record straight, saying: "That's actually why I'm here: no I'm actually not Jaco Johan, I'm Rassie Erasmus.
Cheslin is obviously played in the air and clearly not direct into touch!!More importantly for youngsters watching this clip!!!! Please never move or touch an injured player on the ground, its reckless and dangerous! Leave this to the 🏥 🙏🏼@WorldRugby @Springboks @lionsofficial pic.twitter.com/lEcp5L4PBf— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 26, 2021
"I actually follow Jaco Johan, he's a big supporter of us. He's been feeding me some really good clips for a while now, things that I've actually used in the past.
"He's a very big supporter, a really funny guy, and I quite enjoy the things that he does.
"I think I just retweeted two or three things I thought were accurate.
"And I tweeted twice just for a simple reason: as director of rugby the medical department is part of our department.
"I thought the way Cheslin Kolbe was picked off the ground could have been a serious injury.
"We teach our primary school children from any age or level that you leave a player as he is there, because it is dangerous.
"We wouldn't like our Springbok players this Saturday to go and pick up every Lions player who is on their back.
"Otherwise I just thought the other tweet was, the Lions really deserved to win, they have gone through the same protocols as us, they are far away from home.
"So it was only those two tweets, and then obviously I did retweet a few things that I thought were spot-on. When something makes sense to me I like to retweet it."
If there is time maybe also get absolute clarity and alignment on this one please, I know its way after the whistle, but lets just align and get clarity to be sure pic.twitter.com/6MKvHY4662— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 16, 2021
While you at it please get clarity on this also !! 🔴🟡 penalty or play on ? We have to 100% sure and aligned ! Cant agree more pic.twitter.com/OxBReYlMXq— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 16, 2021