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SARU clarifies player rest agreement

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Super Rugby on 18 Mar 2015 at 10:32
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I’m sharing the following release from SARU’s Corporate Affairs department in its entirety:

Springbok player management during Vodacom Super Rugby

In light of numerous queries and to assist media in reporting the understanding reached between SARU and the participating franchises in Vodacom Super Rugby please note the following:

· At a pre-season meeting between SARU’s CEO, the Springbok Coach and Rugby Department staff, with union CEOs and coaching representatives the desirability of managing the playing time of an identified group of Springbok players was agreed.

· Two principles were identified as being ideal:
i) That players should not play more than five consecutive weeks.
ii) That certain Springbok players should have a number of weeks of rest during the tournament (two to four weeks depending on each player’s personal needs and position and the franchise’s playing resources). Note: Bye weeks are not considered as a rest week (although they do trigger a restart of the count of consecutive weeks) while injury weeks are ‘invisible’ (i.e. a player injured for two weeks during the first seven weeks of the tournament would be regarded as having played five consecutive weeks at the end of week seven).

· The understanding is not legally binding.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU, said: “The players are primarily the assets of the Unions and they will have their different dynamics and needs at different stages of the season.

“We worked towards the understanding to prioritise Springbok readiness for the international season and the Rugby World Cup but we realise it is a balancing act for coaches in terms of juggling their union’s needs and the national interest.

“The important thing for SARU was to take the initiative to try and find a solution to questions relating to player workload. If we get 90% compliance during the season it will be a 100% improvement on where we were a year ago when no player could expect any break.

“If franchises feel they are unable to stick to the letter of the understanding that is less than ideal but we would expect them to stick as close to it as possible in the interests of the Springboks.”


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