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Hoskins may be fined

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Tri Nations on 22 Jul 2008 at 09:49
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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.


  • Good on him for voicing his displeasure.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.08 10:02:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Gosh is SANZAR a Mugabe type regime? You cannot complain about blatant discrimination :shock: You go Hoskins you have our backing, and we could start a fund in Zuma style to pay for your fines!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.08 11:34:58 by Sharksmad Reply
    Sharksmad - The Blog's DudetteSuper Rugby player
  • @Sharksmad (Comment 2) :

    For sure Mad! At least he has the guts to speak out.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.08 11:46:48 by Nessa Reply
    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • And yet O’Niel can mouth off whenever he wants…

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.08 12:18:39 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Oh jinne….
    What is up with SANZAR….I thought SANZAR was created to promote fairness amongst the 3 unions? Uniformity in all facets!??!

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.08 12:40:01 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 5) : As long as you’re Antipodean :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.08 13:18:32 by Sharksmad Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's DudetteSuper Rugby player
  • I’m sick to death with the whole Sanzar disciplinary process. There is one set of rules for the Boks and a completely different set for the AB’s and Aussies. Their guys always seem to escape harsh punishment no matter what the offence, whereas our guys get hung, drawn and quartered. It’s just NOT ON and we’ve just accepted it for far too long.

    Well done Hoskins for standing up to them. We must continue to do so and not just accept this total [email protected]! :mad: :mad:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.08 14:31:03 by Villie Reply
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  • OK Rob, so when are you going to post the banking details of the “Hoskins Poohouse Fund”.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.08 15:33:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.08 16:00:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done Regan – you were smart enough to realise that this would finally buy you some goodwill amongst SA rugby fans.

    Hope you actually get some changes too.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.08 19:08:46 by Big Fish Reply
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