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Farewell to the original warrior

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Rugby players retire all the time, but it is not often that you will find the global rugby community express a collective sense of loss when a player decides to hang up his boots for good.

Kaplan hangs up his whistle

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Record-breaking South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan will retire from professional refereeing at the end of the 2013 South African season.

Kings & SARU in Mexican stand-off

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The Southern Kings announced their reduced, 35-man squad for their Super Rugby campaign which still contains 5 foreign players.

The tug-of-war between the Kings and SARU on the number of foreign based players allowed for the franchise has been going since 2012.

The Kings, who only has a 1-year guaranteed deal for participation in Super Rugby (from where a promotion/relegation match will determine the line up for 2014) has argued that in order for them to be competitive SA Rugby needs to make a concession to allow them more foreign players than the current maximum of two allowed per franchise.

SA Rugby in turn has stood by the standard protocol which applies to all franchises which has now seemingly resulted in a Mexican stand-off between the Kings and the governing body.

By announcing their 35-man squad containing 5 foreign based players, the Kings have sent a clear message to SARU that they are not about to budge and that the call is now firmly in SARU’s court.

Should SARU decide not to accept the Kings squad things could get really ugly for both parties a mere two weeks out before the South African conference kicks off.

Now, we wait with bated breath on SARU’s response…

Southern Kings Super Rugby 35 player squad

Forwards Backs
Schalk Ferrreira Shaun Venter
Jaco Engels Johan Herbst
Hannes Franklin Nicolas Vergallo
Virgile Lacombe Demetri Catrakillis
Bandise Maku George Whitehead
Edgar Marutlulle Andries Strauss
Kevin Buys Hadleigh Parkes
Grant Kemp Ronnie Cooke
Steven Sykes Waylon Murray
David Bullbring Michael Killian
Darron Nell Sergeal Petersen
Rynier Bernardo Marcello Sampson
Daniel Adongo Siyanda Grey
Wimpie van der Walt SP Marais
Mpho Mbiyozo Elric van Vuuren
Tomas Leonardi
Cornell du Preez
Devin Oosthuizen
Luke Watson (Captain)
Jacques Engelbrecht

Kings Statement on squad and 5 foreign players

Following the announcement of the wider squad of 35 players earlier today, there have been a number of media queries relating to the fact that all five foreign players are still listed in the squad.

Please note the following, to be attributed to Eastern Province Rugby President, Cheeky Watson.

The squad announced today is the wider squad that has been requested by SANZAR, and which had to be submitted to them ahead of the official start of the season, in line with their tournament rules and regulations.

This squad could be reduced further in due course.

Rebels team announced for Super Rugby opener

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The RaboDirect Rebels have announced their side for their opening match against the Western Force at AAMI Park this Friday, with six new faces in the squad of 22.