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Bok ban on playing overseas put on ice


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The recent ban imposed on Springboks who will ply their trade abroad after the World Cup has been put on ice.

A statement by SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd, the commercial arm of the South African Rugby Union (SARU), said that the recent President’s Council decision on the selection of national teams be temporarily set aside.

Earlier this month the SARU President’s Council adopted a resolution that only players who participate in domestic competitions will in future be eligible for selection to the national team.

This ruling was to have come into effect after the World Cup, which starts in France next week and concludes on October 20.

However, the decision caused a major outcry, with the players’ union – the South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA) – threatening court action, while there were also reports of a possible player strike.

This resulted in a meeting between the SARU president, Oregan Hoskins, and SARPA’s chairman, Hennie le Roux, on August 6.

At the time SARU admitted they were at fault for not engaging SARPA prior to the decision having been made.

The matter was referred to the board of SA Rugby, who on Friday issued a brief statement.

The statement read: “At a meeting of the Board of SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd a recommendation has been made to the Presidents Council that the decision regarding the non-selection of Springboks playing outside South Africa be held in abeyance until such time as consultation with the relevant parties has taken place.”

This means the ban will not be enforced after the World Cup and the President’s Council will now have to engage SARPA dialogue before a final decision can be made.

SARPA has been strongly opposed to the ban and is likely to continue pushing for it to be scrapped altogether.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital

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