Saru’s plan to keep players in SA

2015-03-10 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The South African Rugby Union (Saru) is reportedly planning a new contract model in an attempt to stop the exodus of players abroad.

Saru and the South African provincial unions are battling to keep their players in the country, with big-spending European and Japanese clubs targeting South African talent.

A Saru spokesperson yesterday confirmed to SA Rugbymag that they have been in contact with the South African Rugby Players Association (Sarpa) and the contracted Springboks to outline their plans for 2016.

The spokesperson said they were working on a new contracting model which they hope to have finalised by the end of April.

Saru is believed to be interested in adopting a central contracting system, similar to that used in New Zealand.

It is thought the system will focus on the top 40 players in the country.

The New Zealand Rugby Union contracts up to 150 professional players from the five New Zealand franchises, but South Africa’s pool is likely to focus only on those players who are current or potential future Springboks.

Central contracting would give Saru the opportunity of exerting more control over their players, while at present the national body has to negotiate with the unions when it comes to the resting of players.

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