Following the court case with Bakkies Botha last year, the national body has toughened its stance with regard to the registration of agents, Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag reported.
The national body previously had a three page document of regulations for agents, but after negotiations with the South African Rugby Employers Association (SAREO) and the South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA), agents will now have to comply with an 87-page document.
The code is compulsory for all agents and forces them to act “honestly and with integrity” in their dealings with the players.
Agents can no longer contract any players under the age of 18 and cannot offer any incentives through a third party to lure players to sign agreements with them.
Agents now also have to pay a R1 000 registration fee at SA Rugby and a yearly R5 000 membership fee to be registered as an agent. Above this, they still need to pass an examination and attend a development workshop as laid down by SA Rugby.
If an agent is unsuccessful in his first try, a second application fee of R3 000 is lodged.
Only then can an agent be registered and act for players in negotiations with rugby unions. If an agent loses his registration, all contracts with players are null and void.
Agents are also forced to use a standardised player-agent contract when they sign players.
According to the regulations agents cannot be registered if they have ever been found guilty of financial irregularities, fraud, corruption or any similar offence.
Players are also not allowed to negotiate their own image rights with SA Rugby but through a registered agent.
In Botha’s case, his “agent” Bernie Habana was never registered and therefore could not negotiate on his behalf. Image rights was also one of the central points of his court case against the Blue Bulls.
Botha and another Springbok Wynand Olivier, have since left Habana and have found different agents.Tweet