12 pres­i­dents want Hoskins to an­swer

CityPress - - Sport - HEN­DRIK CRONJÉ sports@city­press.co.za

Ato­tal of 12 of South Africa’s 14 rugby pres­i­dents ur­gently want an­swers from the South African Rugby Union (Saru) about the lat­est state of affairs re­gard­ing its ne­go­ti­a­tions for a main spon­sor of the Cur­rie Cup se­ries, as well as for the Spring­boks.

With 11 of the 14 union pres­i­dents hav­ing at­tended a “cri­sis meet­ing” in Jo­han­nes­burg this week, they will now in­sist on a spe­cial meet­ing just be­fore Saru’s planned gen­eral meet­ing on April 1. It is un­der­stood the “poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion” be­tween Saru pres­i­dent Ore­gan Hoskins and the gov­ern­ing body’s ex­ec­u­tive will be at the top of the agenda.

The pres­i­dents also have “many unan­swered ques­tions” about the on­go­ing Jurie Roux saga and the de­layed process of ap­point­ing the new Spring­bok coach, City Press sta­ble­mate Rap­port was told.

Roux is cur­rently be­ing sued by his for­mer em­ployer, the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch, in the Western Cape High Court, for more than R30 mil­lion for al­leged fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

“In short, the pres­i­dents are sick of hav­ing to read in the pa­pers what is hap­pen­ing in South African rugby,” an in­formed source said.

“It looks es­pe­cially bad that Ore­gan re­cently con­tacted the pres­i­dents in­di­vid­u­ally, but gave dif­fer­ent mes­sages to them. My feel­ing is that he has now lost the sup­port of the pres­i­dents and if the changes re­quested by the pres­i­dents at the spe­cial meet­ing fi­nally go through, it will be dif­fi­cult for him to stay on as Saru pres­i­dent.But there is no no-con­fi­dence mo­tion planned against him, al­though there is now prob­a­bly more pres­sure on him than on Jurie.”

Rap­port also learned that Saru’s con­sti­tu­tion would also be dis­cussed, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the pow­ers and com­po­si­tion of the ex­ec­u­tive.

The main spon­sor is an equally large con­cern. Bank­ing gi­ant Absa’s con­tract ex­pired in De­cem­ber.

Roux is lead­ing the search for a new spon­sor af­ter Andy Mari­nos, who pre­vi­ously was Saru’s com­mer­cial and mar­ket­ing man­ager, was ap­pointed CEO of San­zar.

PHOTO: WIL­LIAM MCIN­TOSH

BAD COM­MU­NI­CA­TOR Saru pres­i­dent Ore­gan Hoskins

PHOTO: FELIX DLANGAMANDLA

UN­DER SCRU­TINY Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux

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