Columnists 3.8.2013 01:37 pm

Could De Klerk be man to lead SA Rugby?

Kevin de Klerk (President, Golden Lions Rugby Union). FILE PIC. Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

Kevin de Klerk (President, Golden Lions Rugby Union). FILE PIC. Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t enjoy the Lions win over the Kings in the first-leg of the Super Rugby play-off last week but I also wouldn’t be true to myself if I wasn’t critical of the English SuperSport commentary of the game.

Bob Skinstad was seemingly biased against the Lions and it didn’t help that former Eastern Province great Gavin Cowley was his partner in crime. Twitter was awash with critical comments during and after the game, ranging from:

“Skinstad’s bias in a game of this magnitude and importance is sad and disgraceful.”

“When did Skinstad join the Kings supporter’s club? ”

“Commentary was shocking! To say the least!”

And my general tweet obviously didn’t go down too well with the former Bok captain.

Graeme Joffe ?@Joffersmyboy 26 July . I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that @LionsRugbyUnion win but I say nothing re. commentary in case I get sued for more defamation

Bob Skinstad ?@BobSkinstad 26 July

@Joffersmyboy or you get me turning up for a bout! At least we bringing you the DA #voteforourfuture !!

A bit of an odd retort from Bob but maybe it was after a couple lime and sodas. More importantly is what is happening in South African rugby? Where is the mother body?

Is anyone talking to the media? It would seem that Saru president, Oregan Hoskins is still on his two year sabbatical, doing his MBA and CEO, Jurie Roux, is still the fall guy. Roux quoted by Rugby 365 saying that South Africa having six teams in Super Rugby was ”of paramount importance for Saru”.

Pity, the horse has already bolted.

The so-called “promotion/relegation” has been a farce from day one and has affected the livelihoods of a number of people, let alone the players. It should never have come to this and I feel for both unions and both sets of players. What has Saru done to compensate them?

Very little but they’d rather spend R45-million on a “Springbok Experience” rugby museum in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. And what about the continued exodus of top players?

SA Rugby is in dire need of a new captain, someone who’s played the game at the top level and someone who has the players’ best interests at heart.

That someone could be a Kevin de Klerk, or am I now being a little biased? When the Lions were unceremoniously relegated from the Super Rugby last year, I was very critical and received an e-mail from a Lions player, who shall remain anonymous.

“Just want to say thanks for the openness in your article. Thank you for supporting honesty and integrity. Thank you for speaking your mind and support for the Lions. We as players know how much work is going in behind the scenes by management trying to keep players here at the Lions as well as putting a good competitive competition together for next year.

“I believe that the Lions will be the top union in SA within the next five years. The values of management and players is of such high standard that nothing will get us down. Please keep on supporting the Lions.”

My support has never waned.
Catch Graeme Joffe on SportsFire every Monday and Thursday at 17:30 on Radio Today, 1485am in JHB, National on DStv audio channel 869 and streaming worldwide on www.1485.org.za.

 

 

 

 

 

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