SARFU limits globe-trotting; 3 yr RL stand down (fwd)

SARFU limits globe-trotting; 3 yr RL stand down (fwd)

Post by daan.claas.. » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00


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RUGBY: SARFU issues warning to globe-trotting stars
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(c) 1995 Copyright The News and Observer Publishing Co.
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JOHANNESBURG (Oct 17, 1995 - 14:30 EDT) - Three days after two Frenchmen
starred in Natal's 25-17 victory over Western Province in the Currie Cup
final, the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) has warned of a
possible crackdown on foreign players in domestic rugby.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Edward Griffiths, SARFU's chief
executive said: "It seems certain overseas players will not be able to
participate in South African domestic rugby unless they play only in South
Africa."

"It will not be possible for, as an example, Thierry Lacroix and Olivier
Roumat to return home to play in France and then to rejoin Natal next
season. On the other hand any `foreign' player may decide to settle in South
Africa and play all his rugby here."

Griffiths said SARFU were abiding by the decision of the recent
International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) meeting in Tokyo which indicated
strict measures would soon be introduced to prevent the so-called "12-month
player."

But Griffiths later admitted the IRFB ruling might be unenforceable and
conceded it was unclear whether, for instance, Irish, Scottish and Welsh
players will be able to continue playing in club rugby in England.
[ maybe he doesn't know about the (English) RFU's new rules regarding
this -DMC ]

"The ruling is an attempt to stop the wealthy southern hemisphere nations
from poaching players," said Griffiths. "But I think it is one of the last
vestiges of the amateur regime which will not survive long into the
professional era."

At the same meeting Griffiths announced that SARFU will adopt a three-year
stand down period for South African players wishing to return from rugby
league to the union game.

"We want to protect the status of rugby union in South Africa," he said.
"Any player who plays league, be it amateur or professional, will now need
to stop playing and wait three years before being eligible to play in SARFU
competitions."

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SARFU limits globe-trotting; 3 yr RL stand down (fwd)

Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00

: At the same meeting Griffiths announced that SARFU will adopt a three-year
: stand down period for South African players wishing to return from rugby
: league to the union game.

: "We want to protect the status of rugby union in South Africa," he said.
: "Any player who plays league, be it amateur or professional, will now need
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: to stop playing and wait three years before being eligible to play in SARFU
: competitions."

Well, at least they're honest about their discrimination.

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SARFU limits globe-trotting; 3 yr RL stand down (fwd)

Post by Ian Jennin » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00

: At the same meeting Griffiths announced that SARFU will adopt a three-year
: stand down period for South African players wishing to return from rugby
: league to the union game.

: "We want to protect the status of rugby union in South Africa," he said.
: "Any player who plays league, be it amateur or professional, will now need
: to stop playing and wait three years before being eligible to play in SARFU
: competitions."

The logic here is not clear to me.  Obviously this is going to have the
effect of preventing any league players from returning to union.  Why have
such a rule?  It seems to me that union could benefit greatly from allowing
league players to play union if they so wish.  And is such a rule
enforceable?

Any suggestions as to why SARFU would institute a rule like this?  (Apart
from "they're snobbish union bastards etc etc")

Ian

 
 
 

SARFU limits globe-trotting; 3 yr RL stand down (fwd)

Post by Koo » Thu, 26 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
>>At the same meeting Griffiths announced that SARFU will adopt a three-year
>>stand down period for South African players wishing to return from rugby
>>league to the union game.>>>>

Self interest, possibly. SA does not have any  Jonathan Davies's out
there in leugue that it would want  back. It, however, does have some
Jonathan Davies's in union here at home it does not want to lose to
league.