Currie Cup latest (Wed) brings you the news from the Currie Cup.

Province: Rassie’s going nowhere

Western Province have refuted claims that Rassie Erasmus will be taking up a director of rugby post with SA Rugby.

A article published in the Cape Argus suggested Erasmus was contemplating the move, but WP have responded by reminding all parties concerned that Erasmus is contracted to the Cape union until 2012.

‘Rassie is committed to WP Rugby and is a valued and respected member of the coaching staff. The rumours of a rift and an imminent move have absolutely no basis,’ said Rob Wagner, MD of WP Rugby.

Botha back at 2

Gary Botha has recovered from a head injury and will lead the Bulls against the Leopards.

Frans Ludeke has also opted for Fudge Mabeta at lock, while Juandre Kruger moves to flank.

Deon Stegmann is back at training but won’t be considered for this match.

Blue Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner,14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Jaco van der Westhuyzen , 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Juandré Kruger, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (c), 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Okkie Kruger, 21 Ruan Snyman, 22 Hayden Groepes.

Steenkamp starts

Allister Coetzee has decided to give lock De Kock Steenkamp a run in Friday’s game against Griquas.

Adriaan Fondse will get a rest while the young second-rower will no doubt benefit from the game time.

WP - 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (captain), 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Paul Bosch.

AfriForum: Absa lied about race in rugby

Civil rights group AfriForum says it has evidence contradicting Absa’s claim that it did not put pressure on Saru to increase black representivity in the Currie Cup.

According to AfriForum, Absa deputy CEO Louis von Zeuner sent the following SMS to Saru president Regan Hoskins, after the Currie Cup matches played on 11 September: ‘Regan, I think you should write to the major unions on black players -judging from today’s games Lions 2, Bulls 1, Cheetahs 2 – they are not respecting the spirit and goals of transformation. Louis.’

Hoskins, in a Saru press release, said: ‘SA Rugby confirms that at no time did Absa threaten to withdraw sponsorship money or suggested that quotas be instituted or was in any way prescriptive about the composition of the teams.’

Cheetahs want to keep Basson

The Cheetahs’ Super Rugby franchise may take legal action against the Griqualand West Rugby Union after the latter failed to consult with them before allowing Bok wing Bjorn Basson to join the Blue Bulls.

‘In light of what has happened, the Cheetahs’ executive committee gave approval for us to seek legal advice on the matter,’ franchise MD Harold Verster told Sport24. ‘As soon as we have received the necessary recommendations there will be a special directors meeting where the findings, and the consequences thereof, will be discussed.’