Griquas, Kings waits

December 2, 2013
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Griquas and the Eastern Province Kings face an anxious wait to see if they will play Currie Cup rugby next year.

The proposal to expand the Currie Cup from six teams to eight next year was not passed during a special general meeting held in Johannesburg back in September.

While the final vote was in favour of the amended structure of the competition, with a 19/10 split, the motion didn’t carry because it required a 75% majority vote.

The Kings and the Griquas would have been added to next year’s competition before the voting process scuppered those plans.

Reports suggested
that five small unions – Boland, Border, SWD, Leopards and Falcons – voted against the proposal to expand the Currie Cup.

However, South Africa’s bigger unions organised a revote which will take place this Friday.

The revote could allow Griquas and EP into an eight-team event next year. Griquas lost their top flight status after losing a promotion-relegation series against the Pumas, while EP finished second in the First Division.

Kings president, Cheeky Watson, told the SA Rugbymag website that they’re “still in the dark” as to what will transpire on Friday and if some of the unions will change their minds in the revoting process.

Griquas president Hennie van der Merwe also said he is unsure what will happen but said he “really hopes” that  the result will be favourable to them.

Source: Rugby365

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