Hoskins slams Spears

Saru president Regan Hoskins says the Southern Spears are not acting in the best interests of South African rugby.

A 400-page affidavit was served on SA Rugby in Newlands on Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday morning lawyers for the Spears filed a motion in the Cape High Court for an urgent application to be heard on Thursday.

If successful, the Spears would play in this year’s Currie Cup (that kicks off on Friday) and the 2007 Super 14. However, the court application was postponed to 10 August after an “agreement” between Saru and the Spears.

“It’s a pity that the Spears have gone ahead with this action, because it’s not in the best interests of South African rugby,” said Hoskins on Boots & All. “We hope the issue will resolve itself soon.”

When asked if the Spears would not play in the Currie Cup, Hoskins simply said “Yes” before reaffirming Saru’s commitment to rugby in the Southern and Eastern Cape.

“We want to deal with the problems at a grassroots level first,” he said. “If you have a leaking tap, you don’t waste your time mopping up the drops, you fix the tap. We want to improve the situation of the three provincial unions in the region [Border, EP and SWD]. We want healthy unions to feed a healthly Spears franchise.

“We don’t want the Spears to contract players from other regions and then live in a make believe world. We want to nuture the talent in the region. One way we hope to do this is by basing the new South African rugby academy in PE. That will be a massive boost to the region.”