Gerry Thornley: Rassie Erasmus’s unprecedented rant does rugby a grave disservice

South African has clearly lost the plot and undermined match officials and World Rugby

 Rassie Erasmus, gives instructions to South Africa during the first  Test against the Lions at   Cape Town.  Quite simply, there’s never been anything quite like his bizarre rant   in the history of the game. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Rassie Erasmus, gives instructions to South Africa during the first Test against the Lions at Cape Town. Quite simply, there’s never been anything quite like his bizarre rant in the history of the game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So this time Rassie Erasmus has gone nuclear.

It was one thing acting as a water boy without the water, another to post videos highlighting supposed skulduggery by Owen Farrell, another again to retweet and publicly engage with the infamous Jaco Johan Twitter account and yet another again to hold court, at times very amusingly, in front of the media at the Springboks’ team announcement with head coach Jacques Nienaber on Tuesday.

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