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Eastern Province’s warring rugby factions have buried the hatchet after a meeting attended by top officials of the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

“The infighting is over and we are going forward united as one,” Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) president, Pat de Silva told The Herald Online.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins, who was in Port Elizabeth with his vice-president, Mike Stofile, said the meeting with a task team and the EP executive on Wednesday was highly fruitful.

The task team included representatives of several prominent township clubs who had expressed dissatisfaction over the way EP rugby was being administered.

Vuyani Limba, who represented the township clubs said: “There is now peace in EP rugby ranks. We have settled our differences and hopefully the province will now be able to move in the right direction.”

Hoskins said after the meeting transformation had not worked in South Africa because of the inadequacies surrounding rugby in the Eastern Cape.

“There is so much talent in this area, but it has not been unearthed because of the proper structures not being in place to ensure that the talent is nurtured,” he said.

“I am extremely happy with the outcome [of the meeting] and SARU will always do its utmost in assisting EP to take its rightful place in South African rugby again.”


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