Rassie sparks black-lash in war of words over French ref

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Rassie sparks black-lash in war of words over French ref

New Zealand coach Hansen says Erasmus should lay off the Frenchman over the official’s perceived bias

AFP

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen warned SA’s Rassie Erasmus to lay off referee Jérôme Garcès as a war of words escalated on Thursday ahead of their hugely anticipated World Cup pool B clash.

Hansen accused Erasmus of “trying to put pressure on the referee” after the Springbok coach led what appeared to be an orchestrated SA campaign targeting the match official.

But Hansen said it wouldn’t work, adding that the referees “are not stupid people”...

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