R340k lawsuit against Kanko
Cape Town - A former agent of Sharks and Springbok loose forward Ryan Kankowski is claiming R340 000's commission from the player.
According to Monday's Mercury
, Kankowski and the agent will square off in an arbitration case in Durban this week.
Touch Sports Management CC says it undertook an agreement with Kankowski in September 2008 when he agreed to be contracted exclusively to them for two years up to September 2010.
In terms of the contract, Touch Sports Management CC said it would be paid a 7.5 percent fee of the contract negotiated for Kankowski, upon him signing a contract with a rugby club affiliated with the International Rugby Board (IRB).
It further said that it undertook to obtain a minimum of R150 000 a year for him in commercial revenue and products while he played rugby in South Africa.
The company said it negotiated a three-year contract for Kankowski with the Sharks, valued at R4.3m. This entailed R1.3m for 2009, R1.5m for 2010 and R1.5m for 2011. The commission on this is believed to be slightly more than R340 000.
Kankowski denies owing anything, claiming he was already under contract at the Sharks. He says he signed the agreement in the belief that Hilton Houghton, who worked at the company, would represent him.
When the Springbok later realised Houghton was no longer working for the company, he terminated his contract.
He was unaware that the agreement was intended to be between him and the company and claims he never intended to bind himself to them.
The 28-year-old has represented the Springboks on 20 occasions since making his debut in 2007.
However, his last Test came against England in Port Elizabeth in 2012. He recently returned to the Sharks after enjoying stints in Japan.