Brits faces R100,000 fine


Bulls hooker Schalk Brits could face a fine of up to R100,000 for criticising Sanzaar’s judicial process.

Brits received a four-week ban after being involved in a punch-up with Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe.

‘I think going forward there needs to be changes made as to how they apply rules,’ said Brits after returning to the team last week.

‘Sometimes you feel that‚ “How can a guy in Australia get two weeks and a guy in South Africa get four weeks?” As a rugby player‚ I feel that we get the short end of the stick a lot of times in South Africa. I really think they need to reassess the process.

‘You are penalising me for a record that I got four years ago. Do I think that is fair? Maybe not‚ but it happened and I can’t do anything about it now. But I did ask them to have a proper look at it. Rugby is a fair game and if you look at the incident from beginning to the end‚ their outcome should not have been what it was – but I made peace with it quickly.’

According to Rapport newspaper, Sanzaar sent a letter to the Bulls to inform the franchise that a decision was made to charge the hooker for bringing Super Rugby and the governing body into disrepute with his remarks.