The Eastern Cape rugby fraternity wants to go it alone after it said the South African Rugby Union failed to oversee rugby development in the Eastern Cape.
The members of the nine unions which were absorbed into the now Eastern Province and Border met on June 1 to discuss the formation of an Eastern Cape rugby legends structure to address concerns of decline in rugby in the province.
In the meeting an interim executive was elected that tasked units to return to their former union constituencies and establish a legends unit which would oversee discussions and plenaries.
“We decided to join hands with the rest of South Africa to determine whether the 1992 agreement of forming one united rugby union that joined the world rugby family, proved the right agreement to see whether the advantages expected were achieved,” said Bernard McPherson, an interim executive member.
The Frontier Rugby Union representatives met on June 28 with players, administrators and some who were members before its dissolution in 1992. In attendance were Mr B S Xoseka, the last president of Frontier and Henry Kroutz; the first treasurer of Frontier.
The aims of meeting were; to establish a Frontier Rugby Union Legends Structure which would affiliate to the Eastern Cape South African Rugby Union Legends structure and accept its constitution, aims and objectives.
It would also formulate and derive its own name, aims, objectives, programmes and methodology to reach outcomes that were relevant to its region of operations. The meeting was postponed due to poor attendance and will be held on July 18.
On these aims resulting from the perceived failure by SARU, McPherson said: “We notice that no regular league exists and can confirm that practise sessions, meetings and other preparatory and administrative issues are largely neglected.
“By returning to our previous clubs we can re-establish a sense of belonging and commitment to the basics of continuation for the clubs we cherish.
“The legends have enormous experience in all spheres of rugby that can promote and enhance the current rugby situation under their jurisdiction.