Saru vets 40 player agents

2011-06-04 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has announced the names of 40 player agents whom the union has accredited for 2011 under a new regulatory system.

The system is designed to help players, provincial unions and agents ensure that professional standards are observed at all times.

Said Christo Ferreira, Saru’s manager of legal affairs, “Players may only be represented by an agent who has been accredited by Saru, while provincial unions may only deal or negotiate with those agents.”

Ferreira said the system has been introduced firstly with player welfare in mind and also to ensure provinces deal only with competent professionals.

“Anyone was able to represent players in negotiations with provincial unions before, which led to problems for all parties.

“Now … players and unions have the security of knowing that an agent on our list has been vetted and completed a registration process to establish his competency,” said Ferreira.

Applicants are scrutinised by the player agent board.

Approved applicants then sit an examination, after which are they accredited.

“The test requires a sound knowledge of the applicable regulations and they need to obtain 80% to pass the exam.

“In addition, player agents are subject to an ethics code and can be removed if they are found guilty by a judicial committee of breaching the regulations,” Ferreira said.

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