THE organisers of the Varsity Cup have told The Witness directly they are not behind anonymous phone calls made to members of the UZKN Rugby Club.
It was alleged earlier in the week that some UKZN players and officials had received anonymous phone calls regarding an ongoing probe into the eligibility of former Impi prop Bart le Roux to play for Pukke.
UKZN are part of an inquiry that could lead to the North West University being docked points. This has put their status as Varsity Cup champions in doubt, not just because of Le Roux formerly playing for the Impi, but also because of UKZN’s Kerron van Vuuren, whose circumstances appear to be similar to Le Roux’s.
Van Vuuren was found to be an ineligible player by independent chairperson advocate Robert Stelzner.
A decision was taken to dock the Impi two points for each match Van Vuuren appeared in, which caused them to miss out on contesting the final of the FNB Varsity Shield and the promotion/relegation game for a place in next year’s Varsity Cup against the University of Cape Town.
“You can put it in writing,” Varsity Cup CEO Duitser Bosman said yesterday. “Nothing that we have done up until now, in both cases, has been one centimetre outside of our signed-off constitution, albeit a young constitution, albeit a constitution that might have loopholes, nothing has been outside of that.
“Anybody who says the contrary of that must prove it in writing.”
In a statement, Bosman was even more emphatic: “I can categorically state that nobody from Varsity Cup told anybody from any of the parties that they should keep quiet about anything. Whoever said that is lying.”
Bosman said the delay in the Le Roux hearing was due to scheduling an opportunity that would allow independent chairperson advocate Stelzner to chair the sitting, so as to provide the same independent chairperson for the North West University case as UKZN’s case.