Croy to keep playing Currie Cup for Eagles

After weeks of speculation South Western Districts (SWD) president Stag Cronje confirmed on Monday that Ricardo Croy will not join the Pumas rugby side.

The Pumas recently said Croy, a highly talented flyhalf, “has already signed” to join them in November, but the SWD Rugby Union has decided not to release Croy from his contract.

“Ricardo is contracted with us till the end of 2010. He is a brilliant youngster and we will now allow him to slip out of our hands so easily.

“We are confident that Croy would play a major role in our future.

“Gaffie du Toit might be the first choice at flyhalf at this moment, but he is only going to play for another year.

“And this does not mean that Ricardo would have to wait another year to be part of the starting line-up. Gaffie is a former Springbok with experience world wide.

Therefore I suggested to Croy that he should take this opportunity to learn from Gaffie,” Cronjé said.

Earlier, team coach Johann Lerm also said that Croy’s move to the Pumas “was pure speculation” and that he would do everything in his power to keep the pivot in George.

Croy could easily find himself in the No 10 jersey on Friday evening when the Eagles host the Griffons in one of the First Division’s semi-final matches.

In the other semi the Eastern Province Elephants travel to Witbank to challenge the Pumas.

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