Communicate!

Stormers team spokesperson Anthony Mackaizer told keo.co.za yesterday that Schalk Brits had been appointed as captain until the end of the season, a comment confirmed by prominent team sources. Today Brits denies any knowledge of a permanent appointment. The travelling circus that is the Stormers rolls on.

When quizzed by keo.co.za as to his reaction following the surprising developments this week, Brits feigned ignorance. Whether this is because the player is in the dark over his role or because nothing has changed is unclear.

“I’m only standing in for De Wet this week, he’s getting a rest,” Brits said.

“As far as I know I have not been appointed squad captain, that is a misunderstanding. De Wet and I are roommates and as far as I’m aware De Wet remains the squad captain.”

When provided with statements made by Mackaizer and other team officials yesterday, Brits sounded hesitant but would not review his original statement.

“I don’t know anything about that, my focus is just on this weekend. If I am to be made captain for the Currie Cup, then I’ll be stoked, but I haven’t heard about that.”

Brits’ statements are contradictory to noises from the Stormers camp yesterday.Coach Kobus van der Merwe was paraphrased in Die Burger saying that he was seriously considering making Brits captain for the remaining five games. This view was confirmed by Mackaizer and other team officials.

Today, Mackaizer told keo.co.za that Barry has retained his status as squad captain, stating that he had misinterpreted the situation yesterday. He admitted that the fracas remained “confusing.”

Thus there is still no answer as to Barry’s status as squad captain, Van der Merwe has been urgently sought by this site to clarify the situation, and his comments will be posted as soon as we reach him.

By Chris Hewitt.