Ten Springboks awarded long-term contracts

By Drum Digital
12 November 2013

Saru confirmed the names of 10 Springboks who were awarded long-term national contracts in August this year.

The SA Rugby Union (Saru) confirmed the names of 10 Springboks who were awarded long-term national contracts in August this year, in a statement on Tuesday.

The contracts would ensure the players remained in South Africa until the end of 2015.

"This is all part of our long-term planning to ensure we retain key Springboks in South Africa as we prepare for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015," Saru CEO Jurie Roux said.

"The door is by no means shut for any other players to be awarded national contracts for the next two seasons."

Roux said it was important to do what was best for the Springboks and South African rugby.

"We are doing everything in our power to keep players in South Africa and reward them accordingly. The players, through Sarpa (SA Rugby Players Association), are fully part of the process to ensure the best possible workable model of remuneration.

"Obviously we have some limitations. We're working with the provincial unions, but times are tough financially and in some instances we simply can't compete with what players are offered to play abroad. We're also not in a position to contract 40 to 50 top players, although it would be ideal if we could do that."

The 10 Springboks awarded long-term contracts were: Willem Alberts, Jean de Villiers, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Steyn, Adriaan Strauss and Duane Vermeulen.

-by Sapa

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