26 Aug 2009

Springboks fined for armband protest

8:14 am on 26 August 2009

The South African Rugby Union has been found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute by protesting against the suspension of their lock forward Bakkies Botha during the third Test against the British and Irish Lions early last month in Pretoria.

The International Rugby Board has fined the Springboks captain John Smit $2,300 and the South African Rugby Union $23,000 after the team wore armbands onto the field marked with the words "Justice for Bakkies".

Botha had been banned for shoulder charging the Lions prop Adam Jones in the second Test, dislocating his shoulder.