Red light for Spears

The Southern Spears will not participate in the 2007 Vodacom Super 14. Read what was said at the press conference here.. was at the Holiday Inn Eastern Boulevard in Cape Town and brought you the decision live.

Oregan Hoskins, President of SA Rugby:

“South African Rugby Board of Directors has decided to halt the participation of the Southern Spears in the Vodacom Super 14 next year.

“We realise it is a difficult and decision, but we believe halting the participation of the Spears in the Vodacom Super 14 for now is the right thing to do.

“The decision was made public today because the board managed to secure an earlier consultation with the provincial presidents in Cape Town.”

“It is unfair of me to pass judgement on the leadership of the Spears.”

“I personally phoned the Ministry of Sport and informed them of this decision. It was an informative telephone call, and the Minister of Sport was pleased that we had informed him. He didn’t have too much commentary on it.”

“We are waiting for a financial statement from the Spears, which they have promised. We reserve comment on that until we see that statement.”

“We need to make it abundantly clear that we have not killed off the Spears as a franchise. We haven’t said that at any stage. At this moment, the Spears are still in existence.

“I think we need to take it one step at a time. The decision we have made today has all sorts of implications. We need to deal with the Eastern Cape as a region that needs special attention. We are committed to the Eastern Cape.”

Koos Basson:

“The Spears will have to carefully consider before they take legal action. It is up to them to take the decision and we will react accordingly. The decision taken to include them in the Super 14 was the wrong decision.”

Johan Prinsloo:

“Promotion and relegation is a good thing, but not in this case where more complex issues exist.”

Mike Stofile

“I’ve not been talking about what is happening. I have been monitoring the movements, and I am happy about the decision taken.

“I was not happy about the movement in that business.”