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Griqua rugby is not lost – union

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Rumours about the relocation of the Griquas provincial side have been doing the rounds since early this year, with sources even suggesting that the union might relocate to Upington

THE PRESIDENT of the Griqualand West Rugby Union, Jannie Louw, has vehemently refuted claims that the union might be lost to Kimberley or sold to outside interests following a widely circulated social media post yesterday.

“There is no truth to the matter. I will talk to the person who circulated that (the tweet). He circulated the story to everybody and it landed in the wrong place,” Louw said yesterday.

The rumour that Griqualand West rugby was moving out of Kimberley was sparked by a tweet posted by Radio Teemaneng Stereo station manager, Garth Damerell, which read: “Kimberley soon to lose Griquas Rugby. Already selling stadium. No more provincial rugby in the Northern Cape.”

Damerell yesterday confirmed the authenticity of the tweet, and claimed that the information was from a highly placed source within the rugby union.

According to staff at Tafel Lager Park, the union’s CEO, Arni van Rooyen, was locked in a meeting with South African Rugby Union (Saru) officials for the day and was not available for comment.

Rumours about the relocation of the Griquas provincial side have been doing the rounds since early this year, with sources even suggesting that the union might relocate to Upington.

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Sources also indicated that sections of the property at the stadium have already been sold, including the practice field as well as the public parking space on the south and western sides of the facility. It appears as if several other cost-cutting measures have also been implemented.

Louw stated that the union was, like any other business, looking at the best options to successfully manage its operations.

Responding to rumours that sections of the facility have been sold, Louw stated that: “The practice field is part of the facility and would be sold as part of the whole, as and when an opportunity to do so arises. At the moment there is no sale regarding the property and nothing has been concluded with any entity.”