Cape Town – trainer Springbok Rassie Erasmus explained why he was chatting to No 8 Duane Vermeulen through a microphone during the last Saturday Test against Wales in Cardiff.
The event happened in 62 minutes of the game when Vermetlen had a microphone by the fitness guy Aled Walters.
"I saw how Duane injured her shoulder and was holding her while the doctor and physician were busy attending other players," said Erasmus Netwerk24 on Monday.
"Aled did not see him but was closer to Duane, so I asked him to ask Duane if he was right. Duane could not understand why he asked and said he wanted to talk quickly with myself. He told me that His shoulder is too bad to continue playing. "
Social media was late after the event, with some critics suggesting that it undermined Siya Kolisi's capability.
Thando Manana, former Bulls freely, played three tournaments for Springboks, on Twitter: "FACT: Duane Vermeulen will be Springboks captain in 2019".
Vermeulen struggled with shoulder injury since the first half and had replaced Francois Louw in the 64 minutes.
Rugby World is yet to comment on the issue but by regulation 4 (5h), a player is not allowed to wear a communication device during a game. Then, the referee lies on the referee to ask the player to erase it.
FACT: Duane Vermeulen will be Springboks captain in 2019 pic.twitter.com/QwkH87yVv9
– ThandoManana (@TandoManana) November 24, 2018