Rugby: Golden Lions and Guma group talks crumble

2011-06-29 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The Guma TAC group of companies have terminated all shareholding negotiations with the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU).

The Golden Lions had been prepared to keep working on the agreement, but unity from both parties could not be reached.

“We were prepared to keep working on that process, but unfortunately the agreement could not be concluded,” said Kevin de Klerk, GLRU president.

“This is a sad day in many ways, but our first concern has always been for the wellbeing and integrity of rugby in the Golden Lions region, and until all our concerns were settled the Union felt it difficult to proceed.”

De Klerk said he could not go into the commercial details, but explained that the Lions leadership focus has to be on ensuring the health of rugby at all levels in the Union — not just with the marquee elements of the Lions team and playing venue.

“Producing a trophy-winning MTN Lions team remains our top priority, but there’s always a danger that you can throw the baby out with the bath­water, and our duty as a union is to promote and develop rugby at all levels in the Golden Lions region,” said de Klerk.

He stressed that the dissolving of the arrangement would not have a negative impact on the team’s preparations for the Currie Cup.

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