Eastern Province Rugby have confirmed that they have terminated Samoan winger Paul Perez’ contract with immediate effect.
Perez, who was seen as playing an integral role in the EP Kings plans for the 2015 season, disappeared for two days this week, without justification or permission, and remained uncontactable for the duration of his absence.
EP Rugby President, Cheeky Watson, confirmed that the union had been in the process of applying for Perez’ work permit, and had been obligated to contact the Department of Home Affairs due to concerns raised by his absenteeism.
On his return, and subsequent dismissal from the EP Kings, authorities then acted in terms of home affairs protocols.
“It is a major blow for us as the union, and we are extremely saddened and disappointed by the turn of events,” said Watson.
“Paul is an extremely talented individual, and we have invested heavily in him over the past year, as he has undergone rehabilitation for his knee and has even undergone surgery on our account,” said Watson.