It seems there were quite a few interesting little bits of news, some nice, some not so nice, that seemed to slip under the radar during the build up to the S14 Semi-Finals.
Boela Du Plooy
Boela Du Plooy will not be returning to Bloemfontein after he declined a substantial but undisclosed offer from the Cheetahs. Du Plooy is currently playing for Stade Francais in Europe has an offer of player-coach on the table. It is not clear if this is from the Cheetahs or anyone else.
According to a player agent in SA it would not be surprising to see Du Plooy return to SA as a Hotel magnate. A leading Hotel group are interested in having Du Plooy at the helm of 5 hotels that are being planned for South Africa.
Player suspended for assaulting referee
A Disciplinary hearing was conducted on 19 May into the assault of 3rd division referee Milton Bolawa after a club match between Collegians III and Crusaders III on 16 May.
The outcome of the hearing was that two players were found Not-Guilty on the charge of behavior in contravention of good sportsmanhip (conduct unbecoming a sportsman). One of the players involved was found guilty of conduct unbecoming a sportsman and has been suspended from all levels of rugby, in any capacity for two years.
The incident reportedly occurred while the referee was in the Collegians change room after having abandoned the match early due to incidents during the match.
I wholeheartedly applaud the OFS Union for taking this stance against abuse of an official, but am extremely disappointed that they have declined to name and shame the player involved.
Sias Ebersohn called up to join SA u/20’s
Sias Ebersohn has been called up to join the SA u/20 squad in Saldanhabay as a specialist flyhalf. Eric Sauls made the decision to call on Ebersohn after Juan de Jongh (center) was forced to withdraw from the squad due to an unspecified injury. The SA u/20 will take part in the World Championship in Wales in June.
Ebersohn joins his brother in the squad.Tweet