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Border rugby in civil war

  • 24 Jun 2013

The Border Rugby Football Union is refusing to release club players to its professional arm, Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd.

The Daily Dispatch reports that at the centre of the row is the transformation of the Border Academy and Border Bulldogs senior side (players and coaching staff).

Numerous efforts to salvage the relationship between the amateur and professional wings of Border rugby took a nosedive in recent days. According to documents seen by the Daily Dispatch to and from Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd chief executive Lefty Ngece, both parties failed to reach consensus on issues around the professional and amateur activities of the company.

'The threat of this situation is that it has been dragging for a while already and it could drag even further. Failing to reach an agreement could mean taking it to arbitration,' Ngece said. 'As the CEO I have a moral duty to ensure that rugby is played in the region and players who deserve to play in the provincial set-up from club rugby are given that opportunity.'

The lack of demographic representation of the region in the academy and Border Bulldogs has been a core issue over the past two years.

'Our executives’ best interests is to see a team with its coaching staff that represents the Border region’s demographics,' said BRFU president Phumlani Mkolo (pictured). 'Last year the same Bulldogs coaching staff omitted black local players from their squad, stating they were not good enough for the standard of rugby. What has changed now?'

The BRFU executive is refusing to release club players without achieving consensus with the company on a plan or programme on how the academy will accommodate players and coaches from clubs.

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