Stormers management ‘left in the dark’


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The ongoing Stormers coaching saga took a couple of intriguing twists and turns on Monday, with hints of legal action and claims of the coaching staff being left in the dark over the pending “investigation” into the Stormers recent poor form.

Van der Merwe confirmed on Monday that he remained in the dark over the purpose, terms and extent of the “investigation” – headed by Western Province’s director of rugby, Nick Mallett and the managing director of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, Rob Wagner.

The duo are set to leave for Australia later this week to investigate the Stormers performance in this year’s Super 14 competition.

“The team management and myself are totally in the dark,” Van der Merwe told this on Monday.

“Nobody has spoken to me yet. It is now Monday night and the statement [of the visit by Mallett and Wagner] was sent out last Friday. But I have heard nothing yet,” he added.

Van der Merwe said he would just like to know what the plans of Mallett and Wagner are and how it will affect the players – who have to prepare for a tough game against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

“We have to carry on with our preparations, but we have no idea exactly why they are coming and when they are coming. We don’t even know what they are planning and how it will affect the players if there are one-on-one interviews.

“We have a very tight schedule, with training sessions, video sessions and other preparations which were planned well in advance. How will this visit affect those events?” Van der Merwe asked.

The Stormers coach said he has tried to contact the Stormers brainstrust to obtain more information on the pending investigation, but has heard nothing yet.

Meanwhile Van der Merwe’s attorney, Frikkie Erasmus, told Die Burger newspaper that Wagner, would, soon receive an unpleasant surprise in the post.

“I can confirm that I’ve written to WP,” Erasmus told the newspaper.

“The content includes unfair labour practices; neglecting to meet contractual directives and senior WP officials neglecting to give attention to other matters.”

Van der Merwe was nor prepared to elaborate on the matter, saying that he wanted to focus on the game against the Brumbies.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital 

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