Gloucester are about to sue Premiership rivals Sale Sharks - Ruck

Gloucester are about to sue Premiership rivals Sale Sharks

Gloucester Rugby are suing Premiership rivals Sale Sharks for damages over the tapping up of centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 

The Cherry & Whites are seeking around £400,000 in compensation after Van Rensburg signed a contract with both Premiership clubs.

Van Rensburg initially signed a three-year deal with Gloucester in October 2017 for the 2018-19 season before joining Sale Sharks on loan.

The Springbok centre then signed a three-year contract with Sale in January 2018 without informing Gloucester.

Found to have been under contract with two clubs, the RFU charged van Rensburg under rule 5.12 for ‘conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game’ and a panel issued a fine of £32,500 – of which £25,000 will be repaid to Gloucester – and two-week suspension.


Sale admitted to two breaches, including regulation 7.1 relating to player approaches, and were handed a five-point deduction suspended to two seasons, as well as a £20,000 fine.

Van Rensburg’s agent, Matthew Ginvert, was not present in the disciplinary hearing held via Zoom video link.

Ginvert admitted a breach of RFU intermediary regulation 8.5.2 for ‘failing to observe the highest standards of fair dealing’ and was sanctioned with sa £3,750 fine and required to take a mandatory agent education programme.

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