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Minnow unions tight-lipped


  • 02 Oct 2013
The Valke voted against the proposal The Valke voted against the proposal

SARugbymag.co.za speaks to the presidents of the unions that reportedly voted against the proposal to expand the Currie Cup Premier Division from six to eight teams.

While the final vote on Monday was in favour of the amended structure of the competition, with a 19/10 split, the motion didn’t carry because it required a 75% majority vote.

EP president Cheeky Watson told SARugbymag.co.za on Tuesday that it was Boland, Border, SWD, the Leopards and Valke who prevented the Pumas and EP Kings from joining the Premier Division next year (each union has two votes and the Saru president one).

We gave the presidents of these unions a chance to respond:

Francois Davids (Boland)
'No comment. Who told you we voted against the proposal?'

Phumlani Mkolo (Border)
'It was a secret ballot vote; who knows who voted for what?'

Vivian Lottering (Valke)
'It's not that we voted against the proposal. We wanted to compromise. Everyone wants an opportunity to play against the top unions. Smaller unions don't get TV exposure. We compete against the Currie Cup [Premier Division] and Super Rugby. Which games will spectators watch on a Friday night if there's Currie Cup [Premier Division] or Super Rugby on TV while two smaller unions are playing against each other [in the First Division] at the same time? Everyone deserves exposure.'

Hennie Baartman (SWD)
'I have two things I'd like to say. Firsty, it's an allegation that we voted against the proposal. It's unconfirmed, as we voted in ballot papers. Secondly, I have no comment, I will not discuss rugby matters with publications.'

– SARugbymag.co.za was unable to get hold of Leopards president André May.

Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images

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