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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has co-opted two black women on their previously all-male presidents’ council.


That was the big news to emerge from Thursday’s presidents’ council meeting at Newlands in Cape Town.


Mandisa Kalako-Williams and Viwe Qega were co-opted as “independent” members of the presidents’ council.


Both are, according to a SARU statement, “prominent business personalities, based in Johannesburg”.


In another significant development, SARU decided to provide financial assistance to the Boland Rugby Union (BRU), who are in crisis after their main sponsor, Fidentia, was placed under curatorship.


“SA Rugby will advance additional amounts of R200,000 to Boland in February and March, as part of their annual broadcasting grant. SA Rugby will monitor the progress of Boland in securing a replacement sponsor, and will review the situation April 2007,” the statement said.


Steps are also being taken to ensure that there won’t be any drawn Currie Cup finals in future.


SARU said that “the presidents’ council has mandated the competitions committee to further discuss and investigate an accepted formula designed to determine the winner of the Currie Cup final match in the event of a draw”.


Proposals by the presidents’ council sub-committee to assist Springbok coach Jake White were also adopted.


“The role of the committee, consisting of Mike Stofile (chairperson), Harold Verster, James Stoffberg and Jannie Ferreira, is to facilitate assistance to the national coach and his management team in their preparation for the 2007 Rugby World Cup,” the statement said.


“This will be done through the use of the coaches of the local Super 14 franchises, and other experts as required from time to time.


“Another recommendation of the above-mentioned committee is that it will elicit the help of former playing legends. Their role would be to assist in uniting the country behind the team as it prepares to challenge for the coveted World Cup.”


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