Errant Springbok Earl Rose can almost certainly kiss goodbye any hopes of a new contract offer from the Lions, after he went AWOL at a Sevens tournament at the weekend.
Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO Manie Reyneke confirmed that he is aware of the incident at the weekend in which the Rose brothers, Earl and Jody, went AWOL midway through the International Sevens tournament in Rustenburg.
The event also featured the Springbok Sevens team in their final preparations ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
“I am waiting for a written report [from Lions coach Jorrie Muller],” Reyneke told rugby365.com on Monday.
“If it is found that they were guilty of any wrongdoing, we will take steps against them,” the GLRU boss added.
He confirmed that the errant Springbok’s contact with the GLRU runs out at the end of next month, but declined to comment when asked if there was an offer on the table.
rugby365.com reported earlier that the two brothers are being offered, by their agent Johan Germishuys, to clubs in Scotland and France.
However, their latest escapades – apart from not endearing them to the Lions officials and fellow players – will do more harm than good to their reputations.
Clubs abroad may be reluctant to take on players who lack discipline and walk out on their teammates.
Reports revealed that the two Rose brothers returned to Johannesburg from Rustenburg midway through the tournament – leaving the Lions squad two players short.
They sent separate text messages to the coach, Muller, in which they indicated that they felt they are “not up to standard” and decided to return home.
They were part of a host of contracted Lions players, many with Super 14 experience – like Robert Kruger, Shandré Frolick and Chris Jonck.
The elder of the two Rose brothers hit the headlines earlier this month, when he declined an offer to play for the Leopards in the Currie Cup – because he thought there might be an offer on the table from the Blue Bulls.
This article was written by Jan de Koning for rugby365.comTweet