Why is SA Rugby clinging onto Jurie Roux to clinch CVC deal? 'Rugby undergoing seismic change'

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Jurie Roux. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)
Jurie Roux. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

That SA Rugby is still clinging on desperately to departed CEO, Jurie Roux, to act as a contractor during talks with CVC Capital Partners about a potential equity stake in the governing body, says much about the magnitude of negotiations between the two parties.

The 52-year-old Roux was in the spotlight again last month after his legal representatives mounted a challenge in the Western Cape High Court to invalidate the arbitration process that led to him being ordered to repay R37 million to Stellenbosch University for the misappropriation of funds during his time as a senior member of the institution's finance committee.

The decade-long saga has been an albatross around SA Rugby's neck - particularly given that Roux's work in Plattekloof has been hailed as highly effective - and eventually led to a carefully crafted separation agreement at the end of last month.

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