I’m sure that, by now, everyone has heard about the impending liquidation of the Otago Rugby Union.
Apparently they woe owe around 2.25 million New Zealand Dollars, which is the equivalent of about R14m according to the latest approximate exchange rate. Surely someone in New Zealand can come up with a paltry 2.25 million New Zealand dollars to save one of the oldest rugby unions in New Zealand.
Compare them to the Golden Lions Rugby Ruined Union, who are said to owe upwards of R30 million to one creditor and who knows how much to everybody else, yet they’ve managed to find someone to bail them out of the shit.
There is always talk of how amateur bodies are holding back the professional game of rugby, one only needs look at Western Province and the Stormers to see a team succeeding in spite of their administration and not because of it.
South African Unions are lucky they have such generous sponsors and a vast base of supporters, but even so, if something like this could happen to Otago, it could happen to just about anyone. If anything this is a wake up call to all the other rugby unions out there.
Important questions are, what is going to happen to the Otago players and coaches? Will they play in the ITM cup? How will the Highlanders Superugby team be affected?Tweet