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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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You tell us, Bodger. Presumably you’re keeping score of these type of things?

The (short version) of the Rassie Erasmus video that everyone is talking about

I’m not sure I could put together an hour of video in 5 or 6 days, Jacko, so don’t think the timeframe is a major concern… 😁

The (short version) of the Rassie Erasmus video that everyone is talking about

Why not? Why do you think, Mielie?!?

Coaches and national unions have avenues to air their refereeing grievences.

60-minute very public, partisan rants complete with slow-mo replays are not it.

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

This is next level coaching distraction. No focus on the Boks now..

The (short version) of the Rassie Erasmus video that everyone is talking about

Mielie, he can say say personal capacity unitl he’s blue in the face, but the fact remains he’s wearing Springbok team kit in the video, which he promoted from social accounts where he identifies himself as the Director of South African Rugby in the profile.

The links couldn’t be more obvious.

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

What’s in the video (and I’ve seen snippets, haven’t watched the whole thing) doesn’t change my point.

What’s in the video doesn’t matter.

Referees can’t be so publicly attacked by senior national coaching figures like this. They just can’t.

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

I’ve not watched the video and probably won’t now, but World Rugby’s reaction to this will be very interesting.

You could potentially dismiss this if it was a former captain or coach, or even a former referee.

But when the current Director of Rugby of a national union posts an hour-long video calling into question decisions made by (and by implication, the integrity of) an elite referee on WR’s international panel in a game that union has just played, they just can’t let this go unpunished.

Whether Rassie has some fair points or not is inconsequential; the way he’s gone about this and gone out of his way to criticise a referee is just so far out of line it’s not funny.

They wouldn’t let a current player get away with it, so they can hardly let a senior coaching official get away with it either…

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

I suspect its a time and resources thing, Haydn. But there’s a live blog each day..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

Possibly Nicko. But I can’t rule out out the players deciding it either..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

My head hurts now, Hika.. 😔

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

Why can’t it be both, Nick?!? 😂

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

I agree with this. All signs point to it being a ripping contest..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

No-one tell Jock the women’s result from this morning… 🙄

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

Very hard to argue!! 😁

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

yeah, potentially, but Murphy’s law and all… 😁

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

Gold!! 😂

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

South Africa and Argentina will quaratining while the Bledisloe Tests are played, RT..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

60% of time, I’m right every time… 😂

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

It’s a damn catchy song, though… 😁

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

Feel like that’s the key, Harry. Boks need to start fast and keep it up..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

That’s something a beaten coach using a fake social account would say… 😊

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

That lyric has always amused me, JD. Like they picked up an atlas and went, “oh, look how close they are…” 😛

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

No, they definitely don’t want to Fiwi, Chris Lendrum said as much the other day…

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

It’s not the worst idea, Ricco. Would certainly make ease of movement better for the teams..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

That’s not a bad shout, FCTTB. Now has the freedom to just plan for the Boks..

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

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