Sunday, June 22, 2008
South African Rugby: 2008 and beyond
SA rugby has been 'hijacked'
22/06/2008 19:49 - (SA)
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Johannesburg - South African rugby faces another power struggle at its next meeting on July 1 after several of the bigger provincial unions accused the smaller unions of "hijacking" the national game.
This is according to a report in the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, which revealed the behind the scenes revelations of backstabbing between provincial presidents as they struggle for control of South African Rugby.
According to the report, the big five unions - the Blue Bulls, Sharks,
Lions, WP and Free State - are all livid at the way the smaller unions caucused to elect themselves onto the management committee which runs SA Rugby.
The unhappiness came to a head last week when Cheetahs president Harold Verster resigned as chair of the Competitions Committee in protest.
The growing unhappiness comes after the big five declared openly that they were unhappy at sharing the income of SA Rugby on an equal basis with the smaller unions.
"I hope the smaller unions know what they're doing because they're playing with the future of South African rugby," one rugby boss told the newspaper.
Sharks president Peter Hassard confirmed to the newspaper that there was an unhappiness over the power struggle at the moment.
"It happens every time we have a meeting, the big five rugby unions stand together and we get outvoted by the nine smaller unions. They decided the night before the last meeting that they would stand together and ensure that they took all the positions and that is exactly what happened," Hassard said.
But one of the two presidents fingered as a ring leader - Pumas boss Hein Mentz - said that they were not picking fights with the bigger unions.
"Our fight is rather one of survival," he said, "If the smaller unions fold, then SA Rugby will take a major blow which they had not reckoned on. We don't want to play in the same league as them, but rather in a lower league - we are realistic. My personal feeling on the matter is that there is a place for both big and small unions and we are in the process of creating synergy between the smaller unions."
Cosa commented on 22 June 2008 at 10:48 pm:
Rugby development is a political issue in South Africa. As soon as the idealists and politicians get out of the equation, the bean counters will work out the right mix to develop.
The basics is that the value of anything on earth, is the current value of all future cash that can be generated from the object.
Development is no different. If you develop at a loss, sometime in future there is nothing to develop for. Development must thus show future positive cashflow. Fckall idealistic about that.
Same with the small unions. If they are not sustainable, they should not exist. Then they should be absorbed in the structures that is sustainable.
Cosa commented on 22 June 2008 at 10:18 pm:
I can well believe that the smaller unions see it as survival.
But why should they survive in present form? They agree that they should play in lower league.
The smaller unions should be incorporated in the big five. The talent from the countryside can then “promote” via their franchises. How can one replicate facilities like stadiums for teams averaging 5000 spectators per game?
I think the big five should kick ass.
Boertjie commented on 22 June 2008 at 10:25 pm:
Nei, biesag met fokol, ek sê.
Ek is bietjie verlore op hierdie
Ek sien NSL sukkel net so om unies
aan die ewe te hou.
Ek dink ‘n vorm sosialisme kan uitgewerk
word - rykes help die armes so bietjie.
Cosa commented on 22 June 2008 at 10:38 pm:
Reply to Boertjie @ 10:25 pm:
Die geheim le daarin dat die administrasie (globaal) heeltyd gerasionaliseer moet word. Dit is op hierdie stadium krities noodsaaklik. Die professionele sowel as amateur bene van die sport word nog deur die ou amateur administrasies gedien.
Dit veroorsaak dat fatcats die onderneming van rugby kelder. Politikuste en gemeenskapsleiers word in die softjoppie ingerangeer. Hulle weet fkl van rugby of bestuur af. Maar hulle weet van makietie en spandeer. Verwys Olifante en Bulldogs se swak finansies. Volgens my is dit hoekom ons vriend Tony so hard veg om die Spears weer op die been te kry - hy gaan net tekere soos ‘n evangelis, met al hierdie hogere motiewe. Hy soek maar net ‘n jop van fkl doen en baie geld.
Hy sal seker hierdie lees en ‘n paar kak aanmerkings maak.
Dit is net tyd dat leiers lei en bestuurders bestuur. Die bakhandstaners moet fakawe uit die bestuurstrukture uit.
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