Lions in SA

Criticism at Bok protest grows

2009-07-05 22:22
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers (File)
London - Despite reports the IRB will take action against the Springboks for wearing white armbands in the third and final Test against the touring British and Irish Lions at Coca-Cola Park in protest at Bakkies Botha's two week suspension, by Sunday evening SARU hadn't been notified of any investigation.

SARU CEO Johan Prinsloo said the players should rather have followed the correct channels in airing their grievances.

"If there's a problem, there are channels that ought to have been followed. One needs to find solutions rather than create further problems."

Meanwhile, former British and Irish Lions and Ireland hooker Keith Wood believes the Springboks' protest was unnecessary.

"I’m annoyed by it. It just looked ridiculous. Such protests should be done over something far more serious than what happened to Botha.

"He’s been unlucky in the disciplinary process to get a two-match ban and most people recognise that, but to make such a deal out of it was surprising to say the least. If you are going to protest then have something to protest over."

The Telegraph website on Sunday reported that the IRB would be investigating the Boks' action.


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