Hoskins deplores assault

2012-10-06 09:16

Johannesburg - An assault on Buntu Ondala, the president of the Border Rugby Union (BRU), has been deplored by Oregan Hoskins, the president of the SA Rugby Union (SARU).

"Ondala was punched several times in an attack by disgruntled players at a Heritage Tournament in Tsholomnqa and required hospital treatment," SARU said in a statement on Friday.

The assault was alleged to have related to unhappiness surrounding an eligibility ruling by the BRU against the players' club.

"An assault is unacceptable in any circumstances, but for players to take out their unhappiness about an off-field administrative decision in this fashion is outrageous," said SARU president Hoskins.

"The matter is now in the hands of the police, as it properly should be, and I hope that this matter will be pursued to the full extent of the law.

"This is a very sad occurrence and has no place in rugby."

Hoskins said he expected a report from the BRU executive on its plans for disciplinary action against any club members who were involved.


  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-06 09:38

    Soccer thugs now rugby thugs!

  • deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-10-06 09:53

    Hahahaha - a buffalo dressed in finery is just a buffalo

  • - 2012-10-06 10:24

    Buntu. Can't see any of that in the story.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-06 10:26

    Out of the bush but the bush remains forever...

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-06 12:06

    Rugby is supposed to be a hooligans game played by gentlemen on the field and never off the field.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-06 12:17

      Actually, Rugby is supposed to be a game for hooligans played by gentlemen an soccer a game for gentlemen playd by hooligans. Now is is becoming a game for hooligans played by hooligans ;-)

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-06 12:15

    Violence has become the new way to settle anything. From wage disputes to sport. Get used to it.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-06 13:29


  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-06 13:00

    @Mandy Casey.Wow,must agree with a pretty lady like you. WOW!

      Ruan - 2012-10-08 08:23

      Perve!! You stay classy!!

  • dewald.botha.50 - 2012-10-06 13:38

    Welkom to the real world Hoskins! This is nothing compared to other crime in our country! Last week I phoned the Police for a house break. They only arrived after a week, and after several phone calls. The call was certainly not for protection but for insurance purposes! I needed a SAPS number! Anyway, people like to see a fair game, if you can appoint propper refs this will not happen that often! Altough I do not agree what they did, there are two sides of a story!

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-10-06 13:53

    Hoskins is worried about this but he is silent on Meyer's assault on black rugby-not selecting black players on merit into starting 15 of Springboks.Elton and Juan will get another four minutes today in Soweto.As long as Hoskins is the president we can forget about realizing our transformation targets.Transformation must not be confused by saying playing black players that does not merit selection.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-06 13:55

      dom dom

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-06 13:59

      Partly agree with you about Elton & Juan but can't we get away from this "race" thing. We have been hearing about race since 1994 and it is getting STALE.

      catharina.j.nel - 2012-10-06 18:52

      Because of your mentally previously dissadv state of mind we lose every test

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-06 14:31

    When someone is punched off the field it's handled by the police, but if it happens on the field not. ????

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