Ashwin Willemse to return as TV pundit, 6 years after dramatic exit from SuperSport set

Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse during his days as a SuperSport pundit.  (Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse during his days as a SuperSport pundit. (Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

  • Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse will return to television screens as a rugby pundit.
  • Willemse will appear on the new eExtra show, BÔll & Ôll.
  • Willemse made headlines in 2018 when he walked off a SuperSport set and accused fellow pundits Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of racism.
  • Mallett and Botha were cleared of the allegations and a subsequent investigation by the SAHRC ended when Willemse did not respond to questions.
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Former Springbok winger Ashwin Willemse will return to television as a rugby pundit six years after leaving a SuperSport set.

It was announced in a statement this week that Willemse, 42, will appear on eExtra’s new show. BÔll & Ôll. The program will air on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on Openview eExtra, with rebroadcast on Saturdays on e.tv.

Willemse and sports producer JP Keyter will present the program which will focus mainly on local rugby. Wilbur Kraak, a professor at the University of the Western Cape, will also take part in the programme.

This will be the first time Willemse has appeared as a rugby pundit since 2018, when he walked off the SuperSport set during a live discussion after a Super Rugby match. He accused his fellow experts Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of racism.

A subsequent independent investigation cleared Mallett and Botha of any wrongdoing.

Willemse, however, insisted he had a case and took the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). In 2019, the SAHRC confirmed it was investigating the matter, but no basis was submitted and the investigation was closed last year.

SAHRC acting communications coordinator Wisani Baloyi told News24 in June 2023 that the investigation had been closed due to Willemse’s failure to respond to questions.

Willemse played 19 tests for the Springboks between 2003 and 2007.