Don’t expect to see SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus performing his water boy duties during the Springboks’ three end-of-year Tests in the United Kingdom.
During this year’s British & Irish Lions series, Erasmus was one the Springboks’ water carrier during matches, relaying messages to the players on the field.
However, Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has confirmed Erasmus would NOT be doing so in next month’s matches against Wales (6 November), Scotland (13 November) and England (20 November).
“In the Test games against the British & Irish Lions, World Rugby came out and made a third water carrier spot available,” Nienaber said.
“It was a role we fulfilled internally and gave Rassie the opportunity.
“We’re now back to two water carriers so there’s no space for him. He will be in the (coaches’) box with us at the top,” Nienaber added.
Erasmus still faces a World Rugby disciplinary hearing on the weekend of 30-31 October after a 62-minute video he made in which he criticised match officials after the first Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions emerged on social media.