SA Rugby warns WP Rugby to get its house in order - report

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SA Rugby has reportedly warned the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) that it could be forced to intervene if matters at the Cape union do not improve.

Afrikaans newspaper Rapport reported on Sunday that SA Rugby officials held an "emergency meeting" with WPRFU president Zelt Marais and the union's professional arm, Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR), on Friday.

The report added that SA Rugby threatened the WPRFU with a takeover of its operations if the union's current problems were not resolved. This comes after a letter, supported by WP's senior clubs, was reportedly sent to SA Rugby asking it to intervene.

The Cape union has been in murky waters of late - in December it faced the news that Flyt Property Investment would be seeking "damages" over reneging on an agreement signed in June 2020, while American consortium MVM Holdings pulled out of negotiations around a prospective investment.

MVM Holdings subsequently signed a majority stake (51%) in WP's coastal rivals, the Sharks. It is believed that WP's top brass were reluctant to hand over a 51% controlling stake to the American consortium.

Meanwhile, WP Rugby has continued its search for a new chief executive officer and reportedly approached both Eduard Coetzee (Sharks) and Edgar Rathbone (Bulls) to gauge their interest in the vacant position.

However, it is believed that both CEOs turned them down.

The Cape union has been without a CEO since parting ways with Paul Zacks in early 2020. Junaid Moerat appeared set to be appointed as an interim CEO, but was suspended for allegedly leaking information to the media.

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