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SARU: “Provinces preferred to uniformly rest the players”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Springboks on 9 Sep 2010 at 19:44
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The South African Rugby Union has admitted that the call for a blanket ban on contracted Springboks playing in the Currie Cup was made by the provinces.

This follows the rugby365.com report on Wednesday, which revealed that most of the country’s leading players stood united in their objection to the absurd decision to withdraw all the contracted Springboks from the Currie Cup.

SARU on Thursday contacted the South African Rugby Players’ Association to express its “surprise and alarm” at their representation of the Springbok conditioning programme.

However, SARU also admitted that the call was made by provinces – who served their own interests, but for reasons that had little to do with the greater good of the national team.

“The provinces were asked in a conference call this week to treat player resting on a case-by-case basis,” SARU said in a statement, adding: “Provinces preferred to uniformly rest the players to prevent unfair advantages or disadvantages being created in the Currie Cup.”

As was reported by rugby365.com on Wednesday, the proverbial pawpaw hit the fan when the Free State Cheetahs objected to the inclusion of Springboks like Bakkies Botha and Wynand Olivier in the Blue Bulls team. These two teams, last year’s finalists, meet in a crunch match in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Once the call was made to withdraw ‘all contracted Boks’, only then did the Cheetahs realise they would be losing two key players in Juan Smith and CJ van der Linde – with the latter having already been named in the Cheetahs starting XV and Smith set to return to the fray in a week or two.

The fall-out over Tuesday’s decision also saw the Sharks and Western Province up in arms – with players like Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira, JP Pietersen, AD Jacobs (all Sharks) and Ricky Januarie (WP) in desperate need of game time.

Perfect examples are Du Plessis, back from neck surgery, and Mtawarira, spending most of his time on the Bok bench, – who have been impressive in the Currie Cup, but they are likely to stagnate with no game time.

SARU said in a statement, headlined: ‘Springbok conditioning programme – the facts’, that the organisation shares SARPA’s disappointment that certain contracted players are unable to currently enjoy much-needed match practice.

However, SARU suggested that the SARPA release is a gross distortion of the facts.

According to SARU, the facts are:
All players are primarily contracted to provinces.
2) A number of elite players also accept Springbok contracts
3) SARU cannot prescribe when, or how often, these contracted Springboks appear for their provinces
4) In order to lighten the workload of players SARU set the goal of managing players on an individual basis in 2010 as per the pattern of the 2006 season.
5) Provinces agreed to the proposal earlier this year and are compensated for the time that the players are not available to them.
6) The outline plan was shared with the contracted players and SARPA CEO Piet Heymans in February 2010.
7) Individual conditioning programmes have been provided for the players. The hope was that players’ workloads could be managed on an individual basis in conjunction with their provinces.
9) SARU announced on July 2 that contracted Springboks would be rested for a month, following the Tri-Nations. SARPA made no comment at that time nor has SARPA contacted SARU in the intervening nine weeks to raise an objection.  
10) The provinces were asked in a conference call this week to treat player resting on a case-by-case basis. Provinces preferred to uniformly rest the players to prevent unfair advantages or disadvantages being created in the Currie Cup.
11) No Springbok player has spoken to team management or the national teams department objecting to the principle either now or at any point in the last nine weeks.

Paragraph 10 in the SARU statement is the real clincher – which makes it clear the provinces were serving their own interests, but for reasons that had little to do with the greater good of the national team.

At the same time paragraphs three and nine in the SARU statement also seems to contradict each other.

SARPA CEO Piet Heymans told rugby365.com that their objection, as outlined in Wednesday’s release, was not aimed at discrediting the conditioning programme, but merely served to highlight the unfairness of a blanket ban – which means that players in desperate need of game time are deprived of such an opportunity.

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • Well now……….

    I wonder if there will be any “special releases” in the next few weeks?

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.09.10 19:48:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • All this fuss and yet they initially agreed to SARU’s proposal!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.09.10 20:46:34 by wpw Reply
  • For anyone missing out on idiot comments from Snor, he is on Boots & All right now. 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.09.10 21:07:21 by klempie Reply

  • And he wastes no time at all with, “The number of caps you have shouldn’t define your experience.”


  • Comment 4, posted at 09.09.10 21:09:13 by klempie Reply

  • Awwwwwwww…..it’s the end of the segment. Seems I missed most of it. 🙁

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.09.10 21:10:15 by klempie Reply

  • *sigh* 😕

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.09.10 21:10:24 by wpw Reply
  • Get a life will ya! 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.09.10 21:11:29 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) : What you up to dude?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.09.10 21:13:34 by klempie Reply

  • Hey klempie! Nothing much…
    Watching a damn chick flick… 😯
    What can I say? I’m whipped…

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.09.10 21:15:30 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 9) : WAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    What is it?

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.09.10 21:18:50 by klempie Reply

  • Lag maar lekker!! Meneer ‘I can’t get a woman’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.09.10 21:37:52 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : One of my “concerned” buddies set me up on a blind date today. I refused. 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.09.10 21:44:37 by klempie Reply

  • Dude, u do know there’s a photo of you on FB hey!! Lmao
    Gonna send it to Ice to put up on her ‘meet the blogger’ thread. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.09.10 21:49:55 by wpw Reply
  • So yet again we see that the provinces won’t play ball, SARPA don’t even bother to check their facts, and we all kick up dust for nothing.

    Hey klempie, you might wanna check russianbrides.com or something. Or just ask wpw to hook you up – he is quite the ladies man.

    Used to be known as “Big Poppa Lurve” back in the day…

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.09.10 21:58:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Which one of my myriad stalkers’ profiles did you find it on? 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.09.10 21:59:45 by klempie Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : Russianbrides.com sounds like an option, bru. Minimal fuss and you get what you pay for!! 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.09.10 22:00:42 by klempie Reply

  • @wpw: @klempie: watchng boks vs scots 2002 ..marco wentzel and pierre uys in test team!!what was straeuli thnking??

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.09.10 22:33:24 by bergshark Reply

  • Adi jacobs off, petoors on

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.09.10 22:35:59 by bergshark Reply

  • Lol @ bergshark
    Who was in the front row??
    Cobus Visagie?? John Smit??

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.09.10 22:39:20 by wpw Reply
  • Quite a few people in the stadium,seems packed..scot fh nailing boks with crosskicks behind paulse,and a good chase..greeff having a forgetful test..scots handling even worse!

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.09.10 22:40:46 by bergshark Reply

  • @wp: visagie and v biljon

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.09.10 22:42:45 by bergshark Reply

  • 🙄
    Those were the years when it was damn frustrating to be a Bok supporter!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.09.10 22:45:26 by wpw Reply
  • @wp:wait,wait,no my mistake..th was carstens..replaced by vd linde..lh must have been frm the bulls..christo bezuidenhout?

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.09.10 22:45:54 by bergshark Reply

  • @wp: yes,the dark days of sb rugby..hope we nt in for a return to those days..jannes labuschagne tackled back..scots penalty..commentator reckons’the boks are cooked’

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.09.10 22:49:00 by bergshark Reply

  • @wp:’ian mcgeechan,the springbok killer:he has done it with the lions..he has done it nw with the scots..’

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.09.10 22:51:56 by bergshark Reply

  • @wp: ‘the last time the scots did this,they were black and white pictures..’ they keep on repeating the score,in shock

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.09.10 22:55:58 by bergshark Reply

  • And next week it is super14 rugby..anyone going to update us on the 2007 final..?

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.09.10 23:00:26 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 27) : 😆 enjoy it buddy 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.09.10 23:59:48 by Jarson Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 23) : the dude with the hectic scar across his face?

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.09.10 00:11:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sum1 on keo posted an article from 2006 were this exact same thing happened, thought saru would hav learnt by now but we will prob b bitching about the same thing in 2014

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.09.10 01:02:49 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 30) : Did you not read the article Dude? It’s the provinces, not SARU.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.09.10 02:05:43 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @robdylan: had to go and google it,lh was wessel roux..had a very anonymous game lol

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.09.10 03:31:21 by bergshark Reply

  • jeesz …. 🙄

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.09.10 08:48:55 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 23) :

    1 Wessel Roux Blue Bulls
    2 Lukas van Biljon Sharks
    3 Deon Carstens Sharks
    4 Marco Wentzel Pumas
    5 Jannes Labuschagne Lions
    6 Corné Krige WP (Capt)
    7 Pierre Uys Pumas
    8 Joe van Niekerk Lions
    9 Bolla Conradie WP
    10 Butch James Sharks
    11 Friedrich Lombard Cheetahs
    12 Adrian Jacobs Falcons
    13 Robbie Fleck WP
    14 Breyton Paulse WP
    15 Werner Greeff WP

    Subs used
    André Pretorius Lions
    AJ Venter Sharks
    CJ van der Linde Cheetahs


  • Comment 34, posted at 10.09.10 09:24:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) :

    Adi is only so good because he learnt all his moves from ‘The Legend’ Fleckie! 😈 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.09.10 09:35:30 by wpw Reply

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