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Wed Apr 16 12:14:01 SAST 2014

SARU sets a new date for franchise decision

TEAMtalk Media | 17 July, 2012 14:040 Comments
Jacques Engelbrecht of the Southern Kings encourages Luke Watson (captain) of the Southern Kings after he scores a try during the 2012 Super Rugby pre-season friendly match between EP Kings and Vodacom Bulls from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 04, 2012 in Port Elizabeth
Image by: Michael Sheehan / Gallo Images

The South African Rugby Union have announced a new date for the meeting that will make a final decision on the protracted Super Rugby participation saga.

A meeting of SARU's General Council will take place in Cape Town on 16 August, the union announced on Tuesday. The meeting replaces the postponed July 13 General Council.

The Council will discuss South Africa's participants in the 2013 Super Rugby competition and will hopefully decide on which five teams will represent South Africa next year.

SARU's decision makers find themselves in a tight spot having already guaranteed the Southern Kings a place in the 2013 competition but have also suggested that their inclusion will not be at the expense of any other South African team.

Tournament organisers SANZAR have categorically rejected all attempts to expand the competition to allow for an extra South African franchise.

CEO Jurie Roux said on Tuesday that reports of proposed alternatives to be considered at the meeting were "purely speculative."

Over the weekend SARU dismissed as reports in the South African press that they had offered the Southern Kings a cash payment to step away from the competition and insisted that negotiations surrounding the 2013 Super Rugby participation were "ongoing".

The responsibility for deciding South Africa's participants in the Super Rugby competition rests with the General Council of SARU.

"Each of the 14 provincial unions has two voting seats on the Council (one of whom must be the union president or his deputy)," read Tuesday's statement.

"The SARU president, Mr Oregan Hoskins, also has a vote, making 29 votes in all.

"Roux confirmed an Executive Council decision not to comment on any deliberations.

"This is clearly an important issue of wide interest," he said.

"But the decision rests with the General Council and until they have made that decision it serves no purpose to become involved in speculation on any scenarios."

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