There has been a lot of news coming out of the Cape this past week and some good, some bad and some unexpected.
Let’s start with the news kit for the Stormers 2019 season which was revealed this past Friday.
The kit got mixed reaction with the traditionalist asking why they moving further away from the Province blue and white. Some even said there are no connection tho Province anymore in this new kit.
Personally I think it is way better than last years kit and at least someone that looks better.
The new kit also came with a new sponsor. WP had partnered with a new apparel sponsor in BLK.
“The new Stormers jersey features a modern twist on the traditional blue and white hoops, a silhouette of the iconic Table Mountain on the back, #WeStandTogether text on the inner collar and encapsulates both the Stormers’ traditions and the beauty of Cape Town. It will be a great addition to any game-day merchandise collection,” the Stormers posted on their official website.
We will have to see if the supporters will go for this one.
‘Ysterbeth’ to leave Province
Western Province and the Stormers are unhappy with French giants Toulon and their dealings with Eben Etzebeth over a move to the club after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Speaking to media at Newlands on Friday, WP CEO Paul Zacks confirmed that the union would be writing a letter to SA Rugby to ask for assistance in dealing with the matter.
Zacks confirmed that he had received a phone call from Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli on Friday.
Zacks added that WP had heard the news via media reports.
“Obviously he (Straeuli) had his own issue with Franco (Mostert). We are going to be writing a letter to SA Rugby because at the end of the day it’s a tripartite agreement and SA Rugby and Western Province are parties as well as the player to that contract,” Zacks said.
“The fact is that there are contractual commitments in place with the individuals.”
Zacks stopped short of expressing disappointment in Etzebeth.
“I’m not sure it’s the player’s fault, to be honest,” he said.
“I suppose the disappointing part is that protocol wasn’t followed.
“In terms of the Springboks and a lot of the players going forward I think we all know that there is always a lot of movement of players post a World Cup to greener pastures, so to speak.
“That is not unexpected, I think it’s just the way we manage the communication is key and following protocol and having respect for the parties.”
This may turn ugly once again….
Then we have the money problems……
2019 looks like it will be a difficult year for Province. They have been in the news concerning their money issues for some time and the word on the street is that there may even be pay-cuts.
There was no bonuses for 2018 as reported by Sport24 and it now seems that only the standard 5% pay increase will be given.
There is the ongoing legal case with Aerios and the R40 million debt to Remgro to add as well.
The Stormers have lost out on signing Vermeulen and Brits due to money issues and now it seems they are set to loose a few more players.
For any club or franchise to be at the top in todays game you need to be competing for the signatures of the quality players and Province seemed to be limited to do so.
2019 Coaching team
Finally the Stormers have confirmed that there will be changes to their coaching staff for the 2019 Super Rugby.
Who will go is not known yet but we can expect that Paul Treu and Paul Feeney may not be there comes the start of Super Rugby.
Fleck should get the nod to continue as head coach but it is expected that Treu may get kicked off the team after Western Province was cleared of the allegations of unfair practice after legal firm Bowmans had conducted an independent review.
We may see John Dobson step up to the coaching team this year.
The Stormers will announce their team later.