Frogs get extra tour match

An SA Invitational XV comprising Vodacom Cup players only, will face France on 17 June in Wellington.

The Boks play Les Bleus five days earlier at Newlands, and the interim Executive Council of Saru confirmed the midweek match on Tuesday. Only players who played in this year’s Vodacom Cup, which begins this weekend, will be eligible for the side.

The council also made numerous other decisions, including extending Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu and his management’s contracts for a further three years.

Other decisions made:

Saru will hold a Player Status Regulation workshop on 16-17 March in Johannesburg at which the following people will be invited – all provincial presidents, provincial CEO’s and MD’s, the Saru National Judicial Committee, Sarpa, the Saru Presidency and senior Saru staff. The workshop will also discuss the system of contracting of players by provinces, which has caused numerous problems in recent times.

An Executive Council delegation, consisting of Oregan Hoskins, Dr. Jan Marais, Andy Marinos and Piet Heymans meet with Sarpa, the players association, to discuss the issue of player representatives on the SARU Executive Council.

It was also decided that Saru will only recognise five junior national tournaments for schools as SARU tournaments where, official provincial colours will be awarded. These Weeks are the U13 Craven Week, the U16 Grant Khomo Week, the Week for Special Schools, the U18 Academy Week and the U18 Craven Week.

After the Academy week, surprisingly no national team will be selected to take part in the Craven Week. Last year, many SA Academy players proved a point after being left out of their respective provincial sides and eventually made SA Schools.