The Paul Treu saga has been the catalyst for a standoff between rugby officials that could have serious ramifications for the sport in SA, not just the Western Cape. It is not an exaggeration to say that the reaction of the respective committees at the helm of Western Province to the demand made by theplayers' body on Monday, January 28, for Treu to be removed has pushed the country’s historically most successful union to the brink of a return to amateurism. To create context, here is a timeline of events at WP over the past week. To address the players' disquiet over a Sunday newspaper report that former Stormers defence coach Treu was being pushed by new WP president Zelt Marais to replace Gert Smal as the WP director of rugby, a meeting was called between top officials and players on last Monday morning. The players were unanimous that Treu must go because of a breakdown in trust between them and the coach. This followed Treu’s allegations of discrimination, which led to a costly...

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