Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union is working behind the scenes to try save the embattled Eastern Province Rugby Union.
According to Netwerk24, SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux was in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday to discuss the problems at the financially stricken union, which faces liquidation.
“I came to Port Elizabeth to talk to all the different role players in terms of the future of EP Rugby. It is of utmost importance that EP Rugby does not go under and to ensure all the teams still compete in their respective competitions,” said Roux.
SA Rugby had to take over matters of the Southern Kings in Super Rugby this year, while the EP Kings competed as an amateur team in the Currie Cup Qualifiers.
“The Under-19s are already playing in their competition and we have to ensure that they keep doing so,” Roux continued.
Roux said hard work was being done to ensure the Under-21s, the women’s, amateur and sevens teams will all be in action.
There is also doubt over the EP Kings’ participation in the Currie Cup Premier Division which starts on August 5 - a day after the court has to rule on a case of liquidation against the union.
Roux is hopeful that the court will accept the business plan submitted by SA Rugby