Whatever the merits of Paul Treu’s proposed new appointment within Western Province and Stormers rugby, the manner in which it has played out in the last week in the media has been disturbing. The lack of respect also shown within Western Province Rugby to its newly elected president Zelt Marais has been disgraceful.
Several opinion pieces in the media have been presented as fact in relation to a boardroom battle between the president and the professional arm. Marais has referred to the Western Province Rugby Union constitution, in terms of his powers.
The constitution has been in place since rugby’s evolution from an amateur game to professionalism in 1996. It isn’t so much a case of Marais wanting the amateur arm to run WP Rugby, but a reinforcement that WP Rugby, in its totality, is governed by the merits contained within the constitution....
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