SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins could face a fine of R148 000 for querying Sanzar’s disciplinary procedures.
Liam Del Carme writes in Beeld that Hoskins said on Monday he might be in hot water over remarks he had made after the Tri-Nations Test in Dunedin recently.
Sanzar is the body that administers rugby between teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
“I’ve heard I may be fined $20 000. I don’t know if it will happen because I have not been told by official sources. I hope they don’t mean 20 000 Australian dollars,” Hoskins said.
The Saru president was furious after Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis had been suspended for three weeks by a Sanzar disciplinary committee for “recklessly making contact” with All Black Adam Thomson’s eye socket.
Hoskins was especially upset because Du Plessis’s actions were regarded as more serious than All Black Brad Thorn’s spear tackle on Springbok captain John Smit in the first Test.
Hoskins feels the punishments imposed by Sanzar’s disciplinary committees are inconsistent.
“I feel strongly about it,” he said on Monday. “I don’t want to be in any more trouble but we have to address the matter.
“I have already written to Tim Gresson, chairperson of Sanzar’s disciplinary committee. It is encouraging that he received it in the right spirit and that he will review the whole matter.”
Hoskins has also expressed doubts about Australian referees appointed to handle Tri-Nations matches.
“I may be wrong but at the moment we have to appoint referees from the Sanzar countries. I know there is a major debate about it because there is a feeling that the Australian referees are not up to standard.”
Hoskins knows he has to count his words, though. “If I’m fined, I’ll be insolvent. I am, in any case, the worst paid Saru president. I’ll probably have to go beg for help from the sponsors,” he joked.Tweet