The involvement of Rassie Erasmus in a mooted IPL-style rugby tournament has caused a stir at Western Province.
Stephen Nell – Sport24
Theuns Roodman, chief executive of the Western Province Rugby Union, has written to clubs this week to inform them that no permission had been granted for such a tournament.
He says in the letter that WP have “no information” about the planned tournament.
Sport24 reported on Sunday that Erasmus is part of a consortium that will manage the competition.
“The union did not sanction any such competition or gave anyone permission to stage such an event. An event of such nature must have the sanction of SARU and the IRB, and is considered a SARU matter,” Roodman wrote to clubs.
The tournament is set to be staged from January 2012 in the Cape Town and Moses Mabidha Stadiums.
Erasmus currently works as WP’s director of coaching.
The planned tournament may well clash with an existing sponsorship of WP.
It is understood that the sponsorship of a pre-season triangular tournament between the Stormers, Sharks and Western Force by Neo Africa stretches until 2012.
Roodman said that the decision to communicate with clubs was a result of him being inundated with questions about WP’s possible involvement in the proposed tournament at Cape Town Stadium.
“We don’t even know the facts yet. I have been pounded with questions from the clubs,” said Roodman.
Pat Kuhn, chairperson WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd’s board, did not want to comment on the matter on Thursday.
It is believed that it’s currently the topic of internal discussion at WP.