7 Jul 2009

South African rugby chiefs in hot water over Botha protest

7:46 am on 7 July 2009

More controversy for the Springboks with the South Africa Rugby Union being charged for alleged breaches of the IRB's code of conduct over a weekend protest by players.

The Springboks wore armbands during their defeat by the British and Irish Lions on Sunday as a symbol of solidarity with suspended team-mate Bakkies Botha, who was banned for two weeks for dangerously charging into a ruck in the previous match.

The International Rugby Board decided the protest showed a clear disregard for the disciplinary process and threatened to bring the game into disrepute, and is investigating.