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WP Rugby – Sponsor give union ultimatum


Not even the combination of Loving, Egoli and Dallas can dish up this kind of storylines like WP Rugby has over the past two years.

Just when you think things is starting to get back on track the administration find away to top the previous drama.

This time it seems we have sponsors, coaches and players giving the union ultimatums.

Over the weekend the story broke in the Sunday Newspapers that the new WP president Zelt Marais wants to kick Gert Small out when his contract expires this year and give the job to Paul Treu.

It is no secret that Marais is a fan of Treu but on Monday SuperSport.com reported that players were in an emergency meeting led by Siya Kolisi and that Province main sponsor DHL has given an ultimatum that the union remove Treu from the system or they may pull out.

Treu was at the center of and investigation after he accused the union of discrimination and treating him badly.

The investigation found that there was no fault and no discrimination on WP’s part and players are upset that the only ramification for Treu has been that he has been shifted into a new role as performance director at the union, which they see as potentially creating a platform for him to move into the directorship.

The players are very unhappy and now there are even talks of a trike.

It has been confirmed that the Sunday report claiming that the playing group approached the sponsors to intervene is accurate.

Indications were that Marias met with Treu before the election and that a Paarl-based faction of club administrators, to which Marais was aligned, campaigned for Smal to be replaced (initially by former Bok coach Peter de Villiers), is known to have further angered Stormers players.

Partly because the amateur arm of the union that continues to control the sport in the Cape represents more than 100 clubs, which almost demands a populist-appeal approach from those electioneering to serve as office-bearers. WP has always been more agenda-driven than other unions.

Players and other members of the professional arm of the union have long suffered in silence, but the latest developments, with players extremely unhappy at any suggestion that Treu might take on a senior coaching role at the union, is seen to be the last straw and the next 48 hours, as the player, sponsor and union stand-off comes to a head, has been described as a watershed for the union.

With the core of the Stormers squad coming off contract later in the year, and the franchises/unions likely to cede to a request from Rassie Erasmus that the window for overseas clubs to negotiate with local players be brought forward so as not to clash with the World Cup build-up, there is understandable concern among the Stormers management that uncertainty over Treu’s potential role at the union going forward could lead to a player exodus.

It is also highly unlikely that any of the coaches working in the Stormers system currently would be happy to work under Treu should he become the WP director or rugby.

Source: Sport24

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  1. Paul Treu as director of rugby?

    What exactly is his credentials in 15 man rugby to be able to take on this position?

    You know what, WP Rugby have no desire to sort out the shit that permeates through the structures of this union, the whole tail wagging the dog mentality with the clubs running the show for their own benefit, so they can go get stuffed. I won’t spend another sent on this union whether for WP or Stormers. I’m done with them.

    I’ll remember with fondness the good times when I became a fan of WP as a youngster in the 80s.

  2. What exactly is his credentials in 15 man rugby to be able to take on this position?

    He is buddies with the President that counts for everything in WP Rugby

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