- SA Rugby said it was concerned and surprised by Ashwin Willemse storming off-set during a live broadcast
- SA Rugby said it would not rush to a snap judgement and would wait for SuperSport to complete its investigation
- SuperSport has launched an investigation into the matter and said it would hold talks with everyone involved
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SA Rugby on Monday released a statement in which it expressed its surprised about the Ashwin Willemse incident which took place on Saturday. SA Rugby said it was concerned and surprised by the matter, but it would not rush to a snap judgement.
SA Rugby said it would wait for an investigation by broadcaster SuperSport before making any comments on who to blame. The organisation did note, however, that something was clearly amiss and said the incident reflected poorly on rugby.
SA Rugby asked SuperSport to keep it updated on the progress of the investigation and any new developments which might surface.
Briefly.co.za gathered that SuperSport held preliminary talks with Willemse on Sunday and would be holding similar talks with everyone involved during Monday.
"A preliminary investigation is underway and will include senior management meeting with all the presenters (Ashwin Willemse, Nick Mallett, Naas Botha and Motshidisi Mohono) and the production staff in Johannesburg today," SuperSport said via an e-mailed statement.
"Prejudice of any sort will not be tolerated by SuperSport. SuperSport will keep the public and media informed of the investigation."
The broadcaster has not released any additional information regarding the incident in which Willemse stormed off-set and accused co-hosts Nick Mallet and Naas Botha of patronising him.
Willemse was upset about being labelled a quota player during his time as a Springbok and said he would not be patronised by two players who played during apartheid.
Sport24.co.za reports that earlier Mallet had asked producers to allow Willemse to speak first when the show resumed, because he had not been given an opportunity to speak during an earlier match.
According to reports, Willemse found the request patronising which led to the incident.
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