Currie Cup

Border rugby in crisis

2013-11-13 13:29
Border Bulldogs (File)
Cape Town - Border rugby is in crisis with the players not receiving their full salaries for the last few months.

According to the SA Rugbymag website, the problem stems from an ongoing dispute between the amateur and professional arms of the union.

The professional arm (Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd) and amateur one (Border Rugby Football Union) are at loggerheads over transformation, with the BRFU earlier refusing to release club players to play for the professional team.

This has resulted in the BRFU refusing to give union's monthly broadcast allowance from SARU to the professional arm, which led to players not receiving their match fees in September and their October salaries not paid in full.

The BRFU has appealed an earlier court ruling in favour of Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd, with the court date set for December 5. This means players will also not be paid in November.

The Bulldogs are also without a head coach after Paul Flanagan quit the post after not being paid for three months, while the union's academy has also been shut down.

The Bulldogs - who play in the Currie Cup First Division - had another torrid season, finishing second from bottom in the eight-team tournament in 2013.

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