Cape Town - Unpaid player wages continue to mar the
cash-strapped Eastern Province Rugby Union.
According to SA Rugbymag, the union is facing a deadline from
the South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA) to make player payments by
After problems over payments arose again at the end of
October, SARPA issued a written 10-day notice for the Kings to pay outstanding
salaries or face action against them.
The cash-strapped union was unable to pay players for
several months earlier in the season after a lucrative sponsorship deal failed
The union’s president Cheeky Watson reportedly travelled
abroad, where he was believed to be looking into delays over a long-touted new sponsorship.
These issues come in the wake of reports that Toulon owner
Mourad Boudjellal has expressed an interest to ‘buy’ the Kings franchise and
bail them out of their financial woes. However, a list of unfeasible demands
are believed to be attached to the offer.
The men from Port Elizabeth had a torrid Currie Cup season,
winning only two matches to finish second from bottom on the overall log.
They will also compete as the sixth South African team in an
expanded Super Rugby season from next season.