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Eddie Jones insists rugby union must continue to look after its referees

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Eddie Jones insists rugby union has a duty to look after referees as South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus is forced to miss another clash with England at Twickenham for disciplinary reasons.For the second successive year, Erasmus is prohibited from entering the stadium due to a two-game matchday ban imposed for publishing a series of sarcastic tweets criticising officials during the Autumn Nations Series.Wayne Barnes, who oversaw South Africa’s defeat by France on 12 November, received abuse on social media as a result of Erasmus’ comments.Springboks director of rugby Erasmus had only just served a one-year suspension for releasing a video critiquing Australian referee Nic Berry during last year’s Lions tour.While stopping short of condemning Erasmus’ conduct, Jones states that officials must be treated with respect.“I’m not perfect.

I’ve said things that probably haven’t been right but the longer I’ve coached the more I accept we’ve got to look after the referees,” the Australian said.“I remember back in 2007 I got fined $10,000 for criticising a referee.

In Queensland that’s a lot of money and I had to pay it myself because the union didn’t pay it for me.“Since then I have accepted the fact we shouldn’t speak about referees so I’ve got a blanket rule that I don’t speak about referees – I try not to – and I don’t speak about coaches who speak about referees.“To me it’s simple.

There’s the game, play the game, the referee’s in charge, if he makes mistakes let’s accept it, because that’s our game.“If we want to have a contest game referees are going to make mistakes.

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