Cape Town - The Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) will be at the mercy of SA Rugby when decisions over its future are taken at next month's SA Rugby General Council meeting.
That meeting, scheduled for Friday, December 9, is set to have a major say on a number of issues currently facing South African rugby, including the future of Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.
According to the Herald Live website, the under-administration EPRU will not have any representation when votes are conducted to decide its immediate future - another important item on the agenda.
The lack of a vote, the website says, could be crucial for EP given that a new-look Currie Cup format could be proposed.
One of the items expected to be discussed on the day is the possibility of the Currie Cup becoming a six-team tournament (from nine in 2016).
Given the final log placings in this year's tournament, EP (who finished ninth) would fall out of that top six should SA Rugby decide to go that route in determining the teams for the 2017 showpiece.
It is also not yet know who would be representing EP at the General Council meeting, although Fred Makoki and Philip Joseph have been representing the union at recent SA Rugby meetings.