Border crisis hits players hard
- 13 Nov 2013
Border players face an uncertain future as the war between the amateur and professional arms of the union continues.
There have been constant disagreements between the company, Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd, and the Border Rugby Football Union (BRFU) on the management and administration of the company. On 24 June, it was reported that the BRFU was refusing to release club players to Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd, with transformation at the centre of the row.
Saru has given Border's monthly broadcasting money to the BRFU, which has refused to give it to Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd. As a result, Border players did not get their match fees in September and their October salaries were not paid in full. They will also not get paid in November, as the union has appealled an earlier court ruling in favour of the company and the court case has been postponed from Tuesday this week to 5 December.
SARugbymag.co.za understands that the players have now been told to follow the team's six-week pre-season training programme from home.
To further complicate their preparations for 2014, the Border Bulldogs still do not have a head coach as Paul Flanagan quit the post after not being paid for three months.
The Border Academy has also been shut down.
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