Cape Town - More EP Kings rugby players could opt to take
the embattled union to court following the non-payment of salaries.
READ: Kings hooker to take union to court
The EP Rugby Union is in dire straits with players not
receiving their salaries the last few months.
Hooker Michael van Vuuren earlier this week indicated that
he was prepared to take the union to court and a few more could follow suit.
The Kings are set to play Super Rugby next season, and given
their dire financial situation, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) opted to
step in and take control of matters.
It is believed that SARU has identified around 22 Kings
players who will be offered contracts, while the remaining players in the Kings
squad will be contracted to the EPRU.
This led to an uproar among the Kings squad and on Monday
the players handed over a petition of grievances to EPRU president Cheeky
Watson, raising concerns about the fact that only some of them would be offered
SARU contracts for Super Rugby.
The players gave the union until Friday to respond to their
requests but they received another shock when the union’s offices closed on
Tuesday for the festive season.
“We got a final Christmas present from the EPRU. They closed
their doors for the festive period and will only re-open on January 11,” a
player, who chose to remain anonymous, told Netwerk24.
The player also admitted that they could follow the same
route as Van Vuuren.
“Michael van Vuuren has indicated that he will take the
union to court and this is what may happen on a larger scale in future. The players may decide to go to court as a unit.”