South African Rugby has suspended the Border Rugby Union (BRU) membership due to its dire financial and administrative problems.

An administrator will eventually be appointed to run the union’s affairs.

SA Rugby President, Mark Alexander has expressed his concern about the state of the union which was placed under administration in 2014.

“It’s a big concern – because this impacts on the players, it does not impact on the administrators.  The last thing we want to do is to suspend Border players and not have rugby in the Border. Border is an important region for us, it’s a production line for players of colour.”

Alexander says the decision to suspend BRU was not an easy one.

“We tried several times to meet Border to discuss issues, and they failed to attend the meetings we scheduled with them. Things have gone worse, progressively worse, we could not hold out anymore and we had to take this drastic step to rescue Border rugby.”