Cape Town – The Kings’ director of rugby, Alan Solomons, insists they know nothing about an alleged spy filming the Western Force’s training session.
The Arena Sport website reported on Tuesday that the Force squad, who are due to play the newcomers in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (19:10 kick-off), were training at Victoria Park High School in Port Elizabeth when players retrieving balls for the kickers noticed a â€œsuspicious characterâ€? in nearby bushes.
He reportedly took off when spotted, carrying video equipment and a tripod, as players set off after him.
The man crossed a road and darted through a service station, eventually evading the chasing pack.
But Solomons insists the person has no involvement with the Kings’ management team.
â€œI want to make it clear that it is not our policy to spy on our opposition,â€? Solomons told the Rugby15 website.
Solomons confirmed that the Kings received a request from the Force management team requesting a change in venue, and were doing everything in their power to accommodate them.
â€œWe have asked our rugby squad to move their training session earlier on Thursday, and will be making our own training fields at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium available to them,â€? he said.
Solomons said the Kings would also be making provision from a security perspective, to ensure that the Force training sessions were kept private.
â€œWe would also like to remind the general public that these training sessions are in fact closed sessions, and, while we understand that there is a lot of excitement at having international Super Rugby teams here for the first time, we would like to encourage the public to respect the Western Forceâ€™s privacy at this time,â€? he said.
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