Town - At least three EP Kings players have been given food vouchers by the
South African Rugby Players' Association (SARPA).
to SA Rugbymag, SARPA has also
offered players assistance with fuel and accommodation.
comes after the EP Rugby Union last week confirmed that neither of the staff
nor players were paid their October salaries.
Due to the Kings’ failure to compensate their players, SARPA
informed the players of their rights to leave the union.
SARPA also advised those who do not have alternative
employment offers that they are not obligated to return to training this week.
Three players - centre Tim Whitehead, prop Lizo Gqoboka and loose
forward Tim Agaba - have already opted to leave the Kings.
A statement from the union last Friday read: “Aside from Tim
Whitehead and Lizo Gqoboka, who were confirmed as leaving yesterday (Thursday), the EP
Kings can confirm that Tim Agaba has now also given notice of his intent to
leave the Kings. These are the only three players that have currently given
“As stated yesterday, we are aware that SARPA
have advised players that EP Rugby is in breach of contract, due to the
non-payment of salaries by the 10th of November, and that they have advised
that players can therefore terminate their contracts.
“They have also advised those who do not have alternative
employment offers that they are not obligated to return to training on Monday
EP Rugby president Cheeky Watson is currently in Australia
negotiating with a possible sponsor and the union has pleaded with the
remaining players to hold fort.
“A letter from the president, Cheeky Watson, has been
received and has been disseminated to all staff and players. The letter
explains the current situation to them and has asked the players to bear with
us just a little longer.
“We are still experiencing cash flow issues and will not be
in a position to release any funds today. We are continuing to engage with our
various stakeholders to find a solution.”