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Stormers assistant on boardroom drama: 'We are focusing on the rugby side of it'

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Dawie Snyman. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Dawie Snyman. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Stormers insist their full focus is on their United Rugby Championship campaign despite the boardroom drama that has engulfed the union.

SA Rugby announced on Tuesday that it was taking administrative control of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU).

The governing body said in a statement that the advice was provided following a decision by its Executive Council (Exco) on Monday.

Experienced former SA Rugby CEO, Rian Oberholzer, has been appointed as an administrator and assumed oversight of the union's affairs immediately. His remit includes supervision of the operational affairs of Western Province (Pty) Ltd, which manages the professional playing teams of the Stormers and Western Province.

The Stormers face Welsh outfit Dragons in Newport on Friday and their assistant coach Dawie Snyman said that's where their full focus lies.

During a media conference on Tuesday afternoon, Snyman was probed on whether the team had been affected by the events back home.

"We are focusing on the rugby side of it," Snyman said.

"What needs to happen there, is not up to us. We can answer rugby questions and focus on that side of things."

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander also assured supporters that the appointment of an administrator was to stabilise the union's governance and operational business and was not to have any direct influence on Stormers affairs.

"Clause 29 gives us the authority to remain in administration until the union's affairs are stabilised," Alexander said.

According to SA Rugby, the powers of clause 29 allow for the "assumption of responsibility for the affairs of unions...[including] the suspension from office of their elected and/or appointed officials, and the appointment by SARU of administrators, who shall assume all decision-making powers of the unions at both governance and operational levels, and who shall have the authority to direct employees, including chief executive officers, on a day to day basis, such administrators to report and be accountable to and to take direction from the executive council."

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