The Lions charge Sharks

THE Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) yesterday officially laid a charge against the KZN Rugby Union and two Lions players for training with the Sharks without a release by the GLRU, and for Willem Alberts representing the Sharks in Tuesday's warm-up match against the Stormers.

THE Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) yesterday officially laid a charge against the KZN Rugby Union and two Lions players for training with the Sharks without a release by the GLRU, and for Willem Alberts representing the Sharks in Tuesday's warm-up match against the Stormers.

Alberts and Louis Ludik started training with the Sharks last year when the coastal franchise began their preparations for the Super 14 competition that kicks off on February 12.

Lions chief executive Manie Reyneke previously emphasised that the Sharks and the two players were in contravention of SA Rugby regulations and that the players were still registered with and under contract to the GLRU.

It is uncertain what sanctions are available to SA Rugby should the Sharks and/or the players be found guilty.

The Lions have not received an official request from the Sharks for the use and transfer of Alberts and Ludik.

"As far as we are concerned, they (Alberts and Ludik) are contracted to the Lions until the end of the 2011 season," Reyneke said.

The SA Rugby Union said yesterday that Judge Lex Mpati, the chairperson of the Judicial Committee, would appoint a disciplinary committee to hear the matter. - Sapa

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