Saru passes the Kings’ buck

July 16, 2012
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The presidents of South Africa’s 14 provincial unions will vote later this year to determine if the Southern Kings should play Super Rugby in 2013.

Die Burger was reliably informed that the South African Rugby Union’s (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux scheduled a meeting for August 16 when the unions will decide on the Kings’ fate.

The presidents will apparently be given the following options to choose from:

► The Kings gain Super Rugby promotion at the expense of the Lions;

► The Kings gain promotion, work together with the Lions, with the Lions’ top players then playing their Super Rugby in Port Elizabeth in 2013;

► The Lions and Cheetahs merge to again become a franchise (they played together as the Cats from 1998-2005);

► Rugby bosses decide they’ve made a mistake and the Kings won’t be allowed to play Super Rugby next year.

This comes after renewed uncertainty with the Weekend Argus reporting on Sunday that the Kings accepted a multi-million rand offer from SARU to postpone their inclusion in the Super Rugby competition. The report stated that the Kings agreed to delay their Super Rugby entry until 2016 in exchange for R40m and Currie Cup Premier Division status from next year.

But the Kings were quick to deny this report and posted the following on their twitter page on Sunday: “The story going around we’ve taken money to stay out of Super Rugby in 2013 is NOT TRUE ! We will be playing Super Rugby in 2013.”

Earlier this year, the 14 provincial unions voted for the Kings to be included in Super Rugby in 2013 – with a promise also made by SARU to the sports ministry. But at that stage SARU was hoping to convince the Southern Hemisphere’s governing body, SANZAR, to extend the Super Rugby competition to 16 teams, which would allow South Africa to field six sides.

However, SANZAR made it clear that the competition will stay with 15 teams for at least the next few years which resulted in the current issue involving the Kings.

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7 Comments

  1. avatar out wide says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 7:20 am

    “But at that stage SARU was hoping to convince the Southern Hemisphere’s governing body, SANZAR, to extend the Super Rugby competition to 16 teams, which would allow South Africa to field six sides.

    However, SANZAR made it clear that the competition will stay with 15 teams for at least the next few years which resulted in the current issue involving the Kings.”

    Nice spin on things making it look like SANZAR is the guilty party. If they are honest and have the guts they can only vote for option 4 above – admit they stuffed up and tell the Kings to come through the Currie Cup gate instead of infringing from the side.

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Maybe I am just too stupid but I do not get this. For the past few years the Lions have struggeld in the compitition. They have shown no improvement except at CC level. Internal politics have played a big part in this but I can not see that the Kings would be worst than the lions.

    What’s beyond me is that everyone in the public is speaking out how bad the Kings will be if allowed but the important aspect of super rugby they all forget. It is all about developing raw talent and bringing top class rugby to a province. If you do not get expose to top class rugby you will never be able to play it.The more this province will get exspose to top rugby the better they would become. My biggest problem with gauteng rugby is that it seems like their is no place for two top unions like the bulls and the lions in it. Merge the two or merge the lions withg the cheetahs seems to be a better idee. I wonder if anybody really know how many payers the kings have lost too other provinces. If I was king of this crazy sport first prize for me would be to go back to super 12 and let the top 4 teams in the domestic compitions go through to play in super rugby. Their are too many games in any case. Look at loftus this past weekend. A must win game for them and only half the stadium full. People had enough. But we know it will never happen in this money hungry administrators.

  3. avatar Morné says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    What count against the Kings when it comes to a vote is they don’t have much support from other unions for inclusion – hell their own unions (SWD specifically) doesn’t see eye to eye with EP.

  4. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I have a tendancy to support the Lions in this HOWEVER I would like SARU to just make a effing decision and get it over with!! Either way is not going to be a big surprise, just make the decision so that we all can move on!
    This is making SARU look like the idiots most already belive them to be :dead horse:

    Lions stay = CC succes & structure and maybe they can improve if they know where they stand
    Kings = something new with a great stadium and if given a 3 year run they may even be able to end 2nd last! :whistling:

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    The Kings was nothing more than a ‘spiv’ speculative mining company… ie a vehicle for a quick buck by it’s co-conspirators… move along… the money has been made (until the opportunity resurfaces)…

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 7:20 am:

    I get your point… however… the Lions have shown an improvement… they’ve now tripled their success rate including a big scalp in the Sharks… they’ve bottomed and are now trending up despite being last…

    Personally I’m a big fan of an EP team… but not under the current spiv circumstances…

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 9:22 am: ja maybe all we need is to get an answer and go forward from their, fedup with all the speculations and messing around

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