Money issues for the Springboks?


James Mortimer     29 Apr 2012     getty

The old distrubution model effectively expired at the end of 2011, and the issue has commenced with franchises saying they are not adequately compensated when players play for their country.

The amount of monies paid by SARU to the franchises isn't the issue, but how evenly the finances are then issued out, with most player's Super Rugby contracts actually having precedence meaning they cannot have any say in how each franchise hands out their pay.

SARPA, which was founded in 1998 as a union which negotiates on behalf of professional rugby players in South Africa (president Bismarck du Plessis and vice-president Chiliboy Ralepelle), has been trying to ensure that elite players are given fair share of the money handed to franchises by SARU.

Numerous Springboks, including Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger, have spoken out through the South African media and are demanding equality.

In previous years all of the money recieved by the franchises from SARU was distributed to players, but their decision to seek financial compensation means they will hand smaller amounts out.

The matter could not be solved at mediation this week, and will head to arbitration in the coming weeks.

While SARU are confident the matter will be resolved, it is an unneccessary distraction as Heyneke Meyer continues to build towards the Springboks three-test series against England in June.