SA rugby unions calling for Hoskins’ head

Oregan Hoskins (Gallo Images)
Oregan Hoskins (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins is in the firing line, with several provincial unions reportedly eager to see him replaced.

According to a report on Netwerk24, 10 of South Africa’s 14 provincial unions want Hoskins to be removed from his post.

It is believed that Hoskins has also lost the support of SARU’s executive council - of which he is chairperson.

Provincial rugby bosses will meet in Johannesburg on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss several issues.

The discussion points of the meeting are not known, but issues regarding the financially stricken EP Rugby Union and rumblings within SARU’s executive council will surely be high on the agenda.

The report indicates that Hoskins has lost the support of all the country’s top unions, while he can still count on backing from a few of the so-called smaller unions.

Hoskins’ relationship with SARU CEO Jurie Roux has seemingly also turned sour, after Hoskins earlier this year tried to get Roux suspended from his role.

Roux is facing allegations of financial mismanagement of funds during his time at Stellenbosch University.

There was also tension between Hoskins and SARU’s head of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, who has since left to become director of rugby at Irish club Munster.

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