Rugby

Krige, WP settle differences

2015-01-27 10:31
Sport24 columnist Corne Krige (File)
Cape Town - Former Springbok and Western Province captain Corne Krige has backtracked on his decision to criticise the WP Rugby Union for opting not to move their headquarters from Newlands to Cape Town Stadium.

READ: Why WP turned down stadium move

Krige late last year lashed out at his former employers' decision to turn down the City of Cape Town's request to move to the new stadium in Green Point.

The WPRFU are the owners of the Newlands Rugby Stadium - in turn, the clubs are the stakeholders and owners of the union - and a decision to remain at Newlands was carried by the clubs.

Krige took to social media to slam the decision, tweeting: However, Krige backtracked on his views after meeting with WPRU president Thelo Wakefield on Monday.

"I've seen the offers from the City of Cape Town and feel they should have done a lot more," Krige told Netwerk24. "Cape Town stadium would only be viable if WP move in there, but it has to make sense for them and their supporters."

Krige told Wakefield he was critical about the decision because he is very passionate about Western Province.

Wakefield gave Krige a copy of WP's strategic plan, "Towards 2020", and also showed him a thick file which contains research as well as the union's correspondence with the City of Cape Town.

"Our aim is for WP to move in the direction of a high performance organisation. I told him there is no place for politics at WP. We won't allow it to dominate us or be part of the union's agenda," said Wakefield.

Wakefield also said social media was not the place for Krige to hit out at the union, and said he would always welcome a phone call.

The WP president also praised the influence Krige had on the union, who he captained to back-to-back Currie Cup titles in 2000 and 2001.

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