WP ground Russell and Paulse

New signings Brent Russell and Breyton Paulse are unlikely to be released by Vodacom Western Province for the World XV match against the Springboks on 3 December.

WP Rugby CEO Rob Wagner confirmed that no player from the union would take part in this fixture unless a written request was received. Only then would they be allowed to participate in the Leicester match.

“I sent a letter to SA Rugby on 19 October in which I asked what the situation was regarding the participation of our players in the match in Leicester. I am still waiting for a reply,” Wagner told Die Burger.

“The same applies to Breyton and Brent, who have apparently also been approached to play for the World XV. That team’s management have not officially asked whether we would release these players. Until that happens, no one will be allowed to go play in Leicester.”

While Russell is restricted by the union from joining the invitational side at the Walkers Stadium next month, Wagner said that it was his own choice to train with the Stormers instead of travelling to Dubai with the national Sevens squad.

“Russell told us he did not want to play Sevens rugby. He said he wanted to prepare with the Stormers for the Super 14 competition right from the start.”