South Africa – Scotland: The funny traffic lights to communicate about the Springboks' injuries

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RUGBY WORLD CUP South Africa used traffic lights to communicate with its medical staff during the victory against Scotland (18 -3)

South Africa - Scotland: The funny traffic lights to communicate about the Springboks' injuries

The African team du Sud used traffic lights to communicate the nature of the injuries with the medical staff against Scotland (18-3). — Neal Simpson/Shutterstock/SIPA

At the Velodrome Stadium,

Traffic lights in the heart of the VĂ©lodrome stadium. This is not the last solution found by the organization to smooth the flow of supporters after the access difficulties encountered during the match between England and Argentina on Saturday. evening, but that of the Springboks to facilitate their communications. South Africa used Sunday red, orange and green lights to communicate on the nature of the injuries with the medical staff during the victory against Scotland (18-13), in this 2023 Rugby World Cup.

DJ Rassie

The Springboks' defense consultant, Felix Jones, brandished these lights. several times, as we saw on television broadcasts. “Red for a serious injury, orange we give ourselves a time limit of 5-10 minutes and green if all is well”, detailed Jacques Nienaber, the coach of the Springboks, after the match.

A technique that is already used used when it was on the left side. of Munster during the 2016/2017 season, by his own admission. And which he resorted to this time facing the chaos of the Vélodrome stadium, “at the edge or near the pitch the noise is phenomenal so it’s difficult to speak with our staff  », he said. as the main explanation.

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Nothing tactical then, but a system which allows other means of communication to be free. “It’s an easy-to-use way that also allows free radio waves to communicate tactics to other players. our technical staff,” Jacques Nienaber, interviewed to twice on this feature to the outcome of the match. Former South African player and coach Rassie Erasmus even earned the nickname DJ Rassie after using the name DJ Rassie. these same traffic lights during the 2006/2007 season.