Cheetahs don’t deny bribe attempt

Former Saru president Brian van Rooyen offered R3-million and a Test match against France to the Free State Rugby Union if they gave him their vote last week.

“I have had enough of rugby politics and Brian van Rooyen,” Cheetahs president Harold Verster told keo.co.za. “However, I cannot deny the bribery story that has appeared in newspapers today.”

According to the Pretoria News, recently elected Saru president Oregan Hoskins was “shocked and stunned” when he heard the allegation made by Free State Rugby Union President Harold Verster.

Van Rooyen apparently made the offer at a dinner hosted by the Free State Rugby Union on Thursday evening, barely 12 hours before the voting was to take place.

“I was shocked when Harold told me about it. An incumbent shouldn’t be able to make promises like that to try and win votes… To say he would make sure of R3-million in grants and a French Test is ludicrous,” Hoskins told the Pretoria News.