On 11 September 2012 a significant case in sports law will be argued in the Supreme Court of Appeal involving an injury sustained in a schoolboy rugby match. This is the case involving an intentional dangerous scrummaging technique employed by the Appellant (Roux).
The case involves a consideration as to what harm a player consents to when he steps onto the rugby field. In other words, there will always be illegal tactics (high and/or dangerous tackles, gouging, punching and illegal scrummaging). Where does one draw the line and that is what the highest court in the land will determine on 11 September 2012?
Alex Roux v Ryand Karel Hattingh (636/11)
Appealed from WCC. 2011 (5) SA 135 (WCC)
Date to be heard: 11 September 2012
Brand JA, Snyders JA, Theron JA, Pillay JA, Southwood AJA
Delict – claim for damages sustained during a schoolboy rugby match – merits – whether respondent proved delictual claim – whether appellant’s conduct caused respondent’s injuries – whether appellant acted deliberately and unlawfully.
Submitted by Gawie