Kings call back foreign players to SA from tour

March 20, 2013 2
Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) President, Cheeky Watson, left Port Elizabeth this afternoon for New Zealand, to go and address the Southern Kings touring squad following the announcement from the SA Rugby Union (SARU) relating to the foreign player issue. Release At a brief press conference held at the airport, Watson confirmed that the Kings…

SARU & Kings media releases on issue of foreign players

March 19, 2013 27
SA Rugby have released a statement with regards to Kings selections of foreign players. Release The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has established an investigation into a suspected breach of SARU's Vodacom Super Rugby participation agreement by the Southern Kings. Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU, contacted Cheeky Watson, the chairman of the Kings board, on…

Watson: ‘SARU unfair to exclude Lions’

January 28, 2013 83
Kings captain Luke Watson has said that SARU's decision to relegate the Lions was unfair and expressed sadness at the Lions' Super Rugby exit. Sport24 Speaking to SportsTalk in a radio interview, Watson sympathised with the Lions' plight, and said fans had every right to feel aggrieved. “I’ve always prided myself on seeing both sides of the…

It’s time to move on from Super Rugby

January 24, 2013 74
When will SA Rugby realise that our future lies north, and not in an expanded Super Rugby tournament? Talk in the media this morning centred around plans to expand the Southern Hemisphere showpiece in 2016 to 18, or even 20 teams.  SANZAR CEO, Greg Peters confirmed that a possible expansion is on the cards where…

In aid of the King

January 9, 2013 117
The foundation from which our deep routed passion and love for rugby is built on in South Africa comes from a long and very proud history of our domestic teams. It is one of our greatest strengths as a rugby nation on and off the field, but it is also a force that deeply divides…

A Royal cock-up

September 21, 2012 49
Can this become more of a cock-up? I am actually afraid to ask in the fear of tempting fate… Firstly SA Rugby sells the Kings franchise down the river by only giving them one year of Super Rugby participation, and now the Kings want special dispensation from SA Rugby to be able to sign more…

SABC TV says no to Bok rugby

June 14, 2012 20
The remaining two rugby Tests between South Africa and England will be broadcast live on radio, the SABC announced on Wednesday. Sport24 In a joint statement with rights holder SuperSport, however, the SA Broadcasting Corporation confirmed it would not show the matches on television. "The SABC has decided, as a principle, that for the events…

New regulations for contracting schoolboys

June 7, 2012 1
SARU has promulgated a new regulation to ensure that the contracting of promising schoolboy rugby players is done above board, according to a report on the SuperSport website. From now on, if a union wishes to contract a schoolboy rugby player, it will first have to inform the boy's home union, being the union in which…

SARU’s coffers in healthy state

March 20, 2012 3
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) reported a pre-tax profit of R24m in 2011 – a year during which participation at the IRB Rugby World Cup traditionally increases costs, while depressing the earning capacity of international rugby federations. The result was due to an 18% increase in earnings, allied to cost containments in operating expenditure,…

SARU and Gilbert extends contract for 5 years

March 8, 2012 0
Our good friends over at Gilbert announced that they have extended their ball and equipment sponsor contract with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) for another 5 years! Release Gilbert has been the Official Ball and Equipment Supplier to SARU since 1995. This agreement is an exclusive agreement for all matches that are played under…

Raise your hand if you’re embarrassed!

February 23, 2012 23
Hands up from those who feel utterly embarrassed by SA Rugby’s latest move to convince SANZAR to include a 16th team in the SupeRugby competition in 2013... If you have raised your hand believe me that after typing this column my hand will be raised with yours with my other hand trying to cover my…

Sulking South Africans stand no chance of adding to Super quota

February 15, 2012 35
It's February, the Super Rugby season is about to start, and - shock, horror - the South African provinces are having an almighty whinge. Greg Growden February 14, 2012 So, what's new? One year, they are complaining that the tournament scheduling is unfair because, they argue, it favours the Australian and New Zealand teams. The…

SARU forces blanket bans

July 12, 2011 8
RuggaWorld has reliably learned that given the recent failures in Super Rugby, the South African Rugby Union has taken drastic steps to improve the state of stupidity throughout all 14 provinces. The exact nature of all the steps and how it would affect all 14 provinces or unions is unknown at this stage, but recent…

SARU CEO speaks to the fans

October 22, 2010 3
Newly appointed SARU CEO, Jurie Roux answered some of the supporters questions posed to him. SA Rugby Question: My question is, what is SARU doing to transform the game? When I talk about transformation I'm not referring to colour...I mean taking the game to the poor and previously disadvantaged is all good and well, but…

Get ready for a ‘Super’ fight

October 12, 2009 2
A storm is brewing for SANZAR over the host of the 15th Super rugby team. Sport24 Later this month the South African, New Zealand and Australian unions will discuss where the new team will be based from 2011. While there has been a suggestion Melbourne will host the new franchise, the reality is far different.…
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