Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – A dispute over pay structures between
Stormers/Western Province players and their WP Rugby employers has been “put to
bed”, according to a media statement issued on Monday.GALLERY: Past weekend's sporting pictures
This follows a story in Sunday’s Rapport newspaper
suggesting the Super Rugby franchise’s players were unhappy because they were
not being paid enough in match fees and win bonuses.
According to an agreement involving the South African Rugby
Players’ Association (SARPA), the report said, players are entitled to R3 000 a
game and the same amount in win bonuses, but WP Rugby had been forking out only
R2 000 in each category.
Monday’s statement, jointly compiled by WP Rugby and SARPA,
said: “Senior WP management, SARPA, senior players and coaching staff today
addressed the issue raised in a Sunday newspaper with regards to differing
match fees and win bonuses paid between the franchises.
“The meeting resolved that the remuneration structures do
differ amongst the franchises and the Stormers remuneration was clarified and
matter put to bed.”
Stormers acting captain Jean de Villiers was quoted in the
statement as saying: “This is not an issue amongst the Stormers and WP players.
The player body is a settled and happy unit.
“Our focus remains solely on the upcoming Super Rugby
fixtures and our campaign this season.”
The matter being resolved may come as a relief to Stormers
supporters who recall the alleged “player revolt” after a dispute with
management just ahead of the 1999 home semi-final with the Highlanders, in
which the home team were comprehensively beaten.