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Spears unlikely to appear in 2007 Super 14

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It is beginning to look almost certain that The Spears will not play in next year’s Super 14. SA Rugby’s acting MD Basil Haddad has told Beeld’s Liam del Carme there were verbal agreements with Eastern Province and South Western Districts as well as marketing company Sail, to acquire shares in the unions that constitute the Rugby franchise.


With a 50% share in the three unions, SA Rugby will have the right to make appointments to the Spears board and effectively withdraw the side from the Super 14.


‘We have already come to an agreement with Border. They have signed and we have received the documents,’ Haddad told Beeld. ‘We have agreed verbally with EP and SWD on several occasions There are some unfinished matters we have to look at, but that should not implicate the purchasing of the shares.’


SA Rugby will on Tuesday apply for leave to appeal against the August findings by Judge Dennis Davis that said the Spears had a legal right to play Currie Cup and Super 14 rugby.


Spears CEO Tony McKeever predictably said he was confident of winning again.


Should the Spears not participate it is generally accepted that the Cats will appear in their place. The Cats also recently announced that they will no longer be known as the Cats and will revert to the name the Lions.


 

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