Spanner in the works for SAIL?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 6 Mar 2009 at 15:33
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Former Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard is set to join the South African revolution at Saracens.

A source at Saracens has revealed to Die Burger that Hougaard is joining the English club, writes Stephen Nell.

However, developments there are under a cloud of uncertainty following a report in English newspaper The Guardian that England’s RFU is investigating the indirect ownership in the club by South African company Sail.

Sail has a 50% holding in Premier Team Holdings, the company that runs Saracens.

The Guardian states that this may be a problem according to International Rugby Board (IRB) regulations as Sail also have a 50% stake in the Blue Bulls.

The IRB does not allow for a company to have a controlling stake in more than one rugby entity, except if permission is gained from the rugby bodies. However, The Guardian states that Sail did not get permission from the RFU, who are worried that Saracens will create work for players that don’t qualify to play for England.

Die Burger can now reveal that Hougaard and sevens Springbok Neil Powell are both set to join Saracens.

Several other South Africans – among them Stormers hooker Schalk Brits – are poised to join the club later this year.


  • Is Hougaard the Spanner?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.09 16:42:06 by Superwors Reply
  • @Superwors (Comment 1) : no – the plank 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.09 17:05:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.09 17:12:25 by Superwors Reply

  • Is 50% a controlling stake? I would have thought 51%.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.09 17:30:09 by McLovin Reply

  • Maybe Saracens, with talk that it would be made up of Saffas soon, can be the new flagship (or is it SAILship?) of the SA S14! A lot of SA players to steer (Sail) the boat up there already. And many that will lift anchor in SA to go and play for them. They will “sink” all the teams in the various leagues.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.09 18:29:43 by JustPlainSHARK Reply


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