SA RUGBY UNION VERDICT TO BE ANNOUNCED

South African Rugby Union is set to announce its verdict on the doping case on Friday. SARU said on Thursday its chief executive officer, Jurie Roux, and medical manager, Clint Redhead, would appear at a press conference in Cape Town to reveal the verdict of a three-man SARU-appointed judicial committee, which heard the cases of the pair on Tuesday.

Ralepelle, 24, and Basson, 23, who both play for Super Rugby champions the Bulls, tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine on the Springboks’ tour of Britain and Ireland late last year.

They face bans of up to two years, which would rule them out of the Bulls’ title defence in the expanded Super 15, as well as the Tri-Nations and the World Cup in New Zealand later this year.

The SARU are also set to rule on the use of Artificial Grass Products for Rugby – they have been tried and tested by the South African U-20 academy with some success, and could help expand the game into new regions of the country.

FIJI RUGBY UNION COULD QUIT

Fiji rugby union board are set to to quit in the latest row with the regime. The government had threatened to withhold three million Fiji dollars ($1.6 million) in grants for this year’s World Cup unless the board quit following an official probe that found the FRU mismanaged a fundraising lottery.

Bole, whose government seized power in a bloodless 2006 coup, said the board agreed to step down at a meeting Thursday and the FRU would elect new officials at the end of February.

In a statement posted on the government website Friday, he said funding for Fiji’s campaign at the World Cup in New Zealand could now be released.