Speaking at the Western Province press conference coach Allistair Coetzee admitted that he was unaware of any details concerning the Hennie Daniller saga that has made all the headlines on Wednesday.
Daniller, who is currently on loan at the Griffins, is in the middle of a controversy which has seen the SWD Eagles lodge a formal complaint with SA Rugby after the utility backline player played for both his home union and his loan team in the same weekend.
Initial feelings seem to be that, technically at least, the Cheetahs have not broken any rules, with the Currie Cup and the first division currently considered different entities completely, but SA Rugby had confirmed that they were looking into the matter.
Coetzee though says he has been far to busy preparing his team for their big match-up this weekend and says he is definitely not expecting any points deductions or punishments for the Cheetahs.
“I heard about it but I don’t know the nuts and bolts of the issue,” said Coetzee.
The coach said, as far as he was aware: “if a player is on loan from a union you can take him back whenever you want to.
“I don’t even know about it.”
Coetzee did say though that if there was anything to be noticed or persuade it was definitely for the “team management side”, and not something he would be worrying about.
Province captain Jean De Villiers also said he was unaware of what the whole story was but that ultimately these things were up to the games head administrators.
“What’s the ruling from SA Rugby’s point of view? Are you allowed to do it? Yes or no?”, asked the Springbok star.Tweet