SARU, Lions planning future

2012-08-23 15:04

Cape Town - A delegation from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) met Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) officials in Johannesburg on Thursday to discuss ways of managing the impact of the exclusion of the Lions from the Vodacom Super Rugby competition in 2013.
Oregan Hoskins, Mark Alexander and Jurie Roux, respectively president, deputy president and CEO of SARU, met Kevin de Klerk, president of the GLRU, Altman Allers, deputy president and Ruben Moggee, acting CEO of the GLRU, to review the effects of the  Lions’ relegation from the tournament, following last week’s vote by SARU provinces to promote the Southern Kings into the competition.
“This was an exploratory conversation and it’s too early to predict what the outcomes will be,” said Roux. “We reviewed the Lions’ Super Rugby business model and considered the financial impact.
“The exclusion of any of the existing five franchises was a last resort for SARU. We will look at options for support for consideration by the Exco (Executive Council of SARU) in the short term.”

De Klerk said: "The conversation was a very serious discussion on the future of the Lions and hopefully we can work together to some positive outcomes."
Roux said that SARU had noted the decision of the arbiter in the case for compensation brought by the Leopards and Mpumalanga Rugby Unions against the GLRU, their partner in the Lions Super Rugby franchise. He said the matter had not been discussed with the Lions as it would have been inappropriate to do so in the absence of the junior partners in the franchise.


  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-23 15:25

    You should take the time to develop a business model that is not dependent on SARU, but rather on your performance on the field. Focus on keeping players and getting them ready for the play-offs next year. Then make sure you perform in Super Rugby so that you won't be relegated again. That would mean to stop the political infighting within the union and with the junior partners, and making them part of the solution, not seeing them as the problem. Business sense Kevin, business sense, rugby is now a business, treat it as such!

      Riaan - 2012-08-23 16:09

      This could work for the four teams left, just tweak the rules slightly. Instead of just earning one point for four tries, allow teams to earn a bonus point for 4, 8, 12,16 etc. Which means since every team in our conference twice the other teams can get a two extra win in a season. Until the Lions returns of course, we could end-up with 4 teams in the play-offs.

      jacobus.vandermerwe.9 - 2012-08-24 09:27

      All SUPER rugby supporters: If they deservied to be there (with rugby results) we would respect them, but politics should not be in sport

  • sharkie.fin - 2012-08-23 15:29

    SARU promised the Kings a Super rugby spot without SANZAR agreeing and now that they cant deliver the Lions has to pay for it through their noses. Maybe SARU can give the Lions the R40 000 000.00 they promised the King to sit out next year?

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-23 15:50

    Maak die Lions almal Kings

      david.vanas.3 - 2012-08-23 16:58

      Charles I hope you're joking. If only problems were solved so easily.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-08-23 17:39

      They are already Kings (of the jungle).....

  • david.vanas.3 - 2012-08-23 16:56

    Send all your concerns to: Maybe Andy will send you a willy nilly reply on the situation, SARU's point of view. Personally I think politics is dictating the terms, that a second string side gets an opportunity, sidelining the Griquas, who have been competing at Premier level for a number of years.

  • jacques.dupreezsnr - 2012-08-23 17:58

    Wat ek nie kan verstaan nie is dat voordat jy 'n besluit neem, sit jy mos alles op die tafel en dan besluit jy. Hoekom was die situasie wat nou onstaan met die leeus oor borge, finansiele implikasies ens nie voor die tyd opgelos nie. Hoekom het die spelersvereniging nie die belange van die spelers verteenwoordig nie en hulle stem dik gemaak oor die besluit nie. Ek weet hulle het dit goedgekeur maar dit lyk beslis vir my nie in die belang van die spelers nie. Ek is egter vol vertroue dat Leeu Rugby weer sal opstaan. Die Bulle was in dieselfde posisie 'n paar jaar trug toe hulle di Nokia span was maar het gewys dat jy kan opstaan en trofee wen

  • ferdinand.massyn - 2012-08-23 18:38

    We dont know how much of this financial choas was enherited from previous LIONS managements so i cant really comment on that but what i say is that this current management must come clean with LION supporters. I would like to know if the following concept cant be implemented. Can a LIONS SUPPORTERS CLUB be established with its own comittee and so on and if possible we buy shares into the LIONS RUGBY UNION at say R100.00 a supporter per month.At the minimum we can raise R 2.5 million a month x 12.This is not a lot of money but it will give our chairman access and insight into the financial affairs of OUR rugby union the LIONS. I am a LIONS SUPPORTER FOR EVER and next year my Superugby TV channel will be switched off .I WILL NOT be watching SUPERUGBY. But come on LIONS SUPPORTERS lets get the LIONS to the TOP again

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-23 18:57

      Maybe we should get some of the ex-players involved in something like that, who knows, we might even become the equity partner to the Lions and have more say in our union. As for super rugby next year, I agree with you. Already got a LONG list of things I can do around the house over weekends now that I will have time :)

      clive.harding3 - 2012-08-24 05:47

      Excellent idea, Ferdinand. Maybe we should talk to Kevin de Klerk regarding your idea. I will also be skipping Super Rugby next year. Rumours now coming to the surface are that the Kings will be playing for the next 3 years. If that's the case, the Lions should join a Euro league or something.

  • franz.prade.9 - 2012-08-23 19:39

    Agreed Will watch games in between other things. Luckily I play "Ultimate Dream Team" and can follow progress of individual players. I do however have a soft spot for the Cheetas who also always have to fight to survive. Lions supporter forever

  • pages:
  • 1