SA Rugby has issued a carefully worded statement, following the incident on Saturday evening when former Springbok wing and SA Rugby Player of the Year in 2003, Ashwin Willemse, left the Supersport broadcast while on air.

Willemse said his fellow panellists, Nick Mallett and Naas Botha – two apartheid era Springboks – were condescending towards him.

In response to the incident, SA Rugby says it’s surprised and concerned as the rest of the rugby community by the incident. It continued saying it would not be fair to make snap judgements.

However, something was clearly amiss and it reflected poorly on rugby. This is a SuperSport matter and SA Rugby has asked to be kept informed on the process of the investigation.

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