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I read with some confusion on certain media platforms how  Super Rugby results so far is a bad thing for SA Rugby and continue to show our inferiority against (specifically) NZ teams.

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Round about this time of the week you will read my review of Super Rugby matches over the weekend…

Kings & SARU in Mexican stand-off


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.

SA Rugby loses a legend, RIP Jan Ellis


The South African Rugby Union on Friday expressed its deep sadness at the passing of legendary former Springbok looseforward, Jan Ellis. The one-time joint record holder for the number of Springbok caps succumbed to cancer at a hospice in Pretoria after suffering from the disease for some time. He celebrated his 71st birthday in January.

Kings responds to media speculation


The Southern Kings responded to media speculation that SA Rugby will not allow them to field more than 2 foreign players in their squad.

It’s time to move on from Super Rugby


When will SA Rugby realise that our future lies north, and not in an expanded Super Rugby tournament?

Racism and rugby


Quite powerful isn’t it?  I also thought so when I was asked to write about it.

In aid of the King


The foundation from which our deep routed passion and love for rugby is built on in South Africa comes from a long and very proud history of our domestic teams.

Limpopo to play in Vodacom Cup


Limpopo will play in the Vodacom Cup as a separate team for the first time when this 16-team competition kicks off on the second weekend of March.

Chaos in Boland Rugby


Daar is chaos in Boland rugby nadat klubs in die unie besluit het dat hulle genoeg van unie president, Francois Davids, gehad het.

Imagine if…


All the excitement from the elections in the United States seems have many South Africans reflecting and saying things like; ‘Imagine if South Africa…’

SA Rugby kry ‘n F vir 2012


Soos dinge einde van die jaar se kant toe staan voel ek dit is bietjie tyd om SA Rugby te evalueer vir die jaar 2012.

Wat stop ons?


Wat presies stop Suid-Afrikaanse rugby om leiers te wees eerder as volgelinge?

A Royal cock-up


Can this become more of a cock-up? I am actually afraid to ask in the fear of tempting fate…

SARU confirms August 16th meeting


A meeting of the General Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) will take place in Cape Town on 16 August, SARU announced on Tuesday. The meeting replaces the postponed July 13 General Council.

Jean captain for rest of 2012


Jean de Villiers has been appointed as Springbok captain for the remainder of the 2012 season, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer announced in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Junior RWC games moved to Newlands and CPT stadium


Rain has prompted the IRB and SA Rugby to move matches from Stellenbosch to Newlands and CPT Stadium.

New regulations for contracting schoolboys


SARU has promulgated a new regulation to ensure that the contracting of promising schoolboy rugby players is done above board, according to a report on the SuperSport website.

SA Rugby strikes ground-breaking deal with players


THE South African Rugby Union (SARU) has reached agreement on a ground-breaking new remuneration arrangement for 2012, which will see SARU’s financial commitment to Springbok player costs increase to R57,6m.

Frans signs with Sharks


Francois Steyn has signed a 3-year contract with the Sharks.

A Super Solution


SARU has less than a month to find a solution for the Super Rugby problem, and options are few.

The great divide


The current Super Rugby stand-off in South Africa is a pressure-cooker situation ready to explode.

SARU release – Update on Kings issue


The South African Rugby Union issued a release following their meeting today with the 5 existing franchises and the Kings.

Guma looking to partner with Kings


As South African rugby and the franchises are locked in meetings today to figure out how to accommodate the Kings, it has emerged that the Lions former equity partner, Guma-TAC, is now looking at partnering up with the Kings.

King for a day


The Southern Kings are far from assured of Super Rugby participation in 2013.

Meyer to battle SA teams before Poms


According to Jan de Koning and Rugby365, Heyneke Meyer’s first test won’t be against the Poms, but against local rugby franchises and unions.

Meyer wants Matfield as captain


SA rugby will today announce a number of appointments within its organization, but none more important than Heyneke Meyer’s coaching team.

Bok assistant coaches announced on Sunday


SA Rugby have released a statement saying that a major announcement on key appointments to SA Rugby will be made on Sunday.

Titus out, Thelo in


WP Rugby union has announced that Tobie Titus has resigned from his post as president of the WP Rugby Football Union with immediate effect to take over his new role as a member on the Executive Council of SA Rugby.

SARU’s coffers in healthy state


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) reported a pre-tax profit of R24m in 2011 – a year during which participation at the IRB Rugby World Cup traditionally increases costs, while depressing the earning capacity of international rugby federations.

The result was due to an 18% increase in earnings, allied to cost containments in operating expenditure, excluding allocations to provinces.

“It was a year of severe cost cutting, during which we restructured the operational side of SARU to be more streamlined and efficient,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

“We converted 16 different divisions into seven new departments, more effectively aligned to deliver on our mission to provide outstanding strategic leadership for the business of rugby. That we were able to do it while containing costs was doubly pleasing.”

Total operating expenditure increased by 12%, largely due to a 76% increase in broadcasting rights allocations to provinces. The increase in operating expenditure however, excluding broadcasting rights allocations to provinces, was contained to only 2%, well below the prevailing inflation rate.

Group revenue grew to R597m (from R505m in 2010) due mainly to a significant increase in revenue from broadcasting rights at the start of a new five-year contract. Sponsorship income grew by 11% as a number of contract renewals were confirmed and new sponsors became involved or others increased their rugby portfolio.

The jump in pre-tax profit from an operating loss before taxation of R5.4m, 12 months ago, was in line with SARU expectations.

“We had forecast a reasonable profit for 2011 and the eventual outcome was ahead of our expectations,” said Basil Haddad, SARU’s chief financial officer. “Given that the new broadcasting agreements and a number of new sponsorship agreements, which commenced in 2011, are essentially fixed until 2015, and that operating cost containment continues to be an operational priority, it is likely that that a reasonable profit will be achieved in 2012.

“We have set ourselves an annual profit target of not less than 5% of annual operating costs, excluding rights allocations to provinces,” said Haddad. “The aim is to build up sufficient cash reserves in order to weather unforeseen growth in expenses beyond inflation.”

SARU’s full financial statements will be presented to the Annual General Meeting in Cape Town on March 30.

‘SA Rugby, you made the mess, you fix it’


The message is loud and clear to SA Rugby as they plan to lobby their cause to include the Kings in next year’s SupeRugby competition with their SANZAR partners.

SA Rugby delays Oz visit for new franchise proposal


SA Rugby has postponed their planned visit to Oz for a 16th team in SupeRugby in 2013.

SARU and Gilbert extends contract for 5 years


Our good friends over at Gilbert announced that they have extended their ball and equipment sponsor contract with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) for another 5 years!

Media consultancy company takes legal action against SARU


BMT Sports Solutions has taken legal action against SA Rugby for what they claim is a breach of contract between SA Rugby and BMT.

Raise your hand if you’re embarrassed!


Hands up from those who feel utterly embarrassed by SA Rugby’s latest move to convince SANZAR to include a 16th team in the SupeRugby competition in 2013…

Franchises to join SARU in desperate plea for 16th team


Representatives of the South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchises will accompany the delegates of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to present a case for competition expansion in 2013 to SANZAR partners next month.

Franchises wants an answer from SARU


Hot on the heels of the report on possible government interference in the Kings saga yesterday, Rugby365 reports that the franchises have called a meeting with SA Rugby to find out exactly what they plan to do.

Goodbye Lions, Hello Kings?


It can be goodbye Lions, hello Kings come 2013 as a political decision has been endorsed to allow only ONE TEAM per PROVINCE.

Mobile phone scam targets rugby supporters


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has asked media to assist in alerting people to a cellphone scam aimed at rugby supporters.

Why was the best option for the Kings ignored?


Either SA Rugby is busy with a very cunning plan, or they have completely lost the plot – either way, there is no way in hell the Kings can be included in SuperRugby 2013 as SA Rugby promised.

Kings participation confirmed for 2013


The Southern Kings’ place in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition in 2013 was reaffirmed at a Special Council Meeting of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) in Cape Town on Friday.

Bulls, SA Rugby official statement(s) on Meyer


The Blue Bulls have released an official statement on the issue of Heyneke Meyer and the Bok coaching job.

SARU left it too late – PDV


Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says the SA Rugby Union (SARU) left the appointment of the new national coach too late.

Smal out of Bok picture?


After months of speculation linking him with the vacant position of Springboks’ head coach, Gert Smal is set to remain part of the Irish management rather than return to his native country.

It’s a Smal world


If rumours in the media world are to be believed, Gert Smal’s name will be the one read out by SA Rugby on the 27th January as the new Springbok coach.

New Bok coach to be announced late January


The Executive Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) has called a Special General Council meeting for January with a view to ratifying the appointment of the Springbok coach.

Get it right for once


I cannot help but wonder just how good we really are, or could be, should we get it right for once in sport in South Africa.

Bok coaching job SA Rugby’s top priority


While there will again be pressure on the SA Rugby Union (SARU) to re-evaluate the implementation of a quota system, the national governing body’s mission to appoint a Springbok coach is set to take centre stage as the year winds to a close.

Titus: SARU unfair to WP Rugby


In the wake of SARU’s announcement of its Test venues for the 2012 season, WPRFU president, Tobie Titus feels that they have been short-changed.

SA Rugby must look North


Saracens boss Edward Griffiths says the South African Rugby Union (SARU) should consider playing its international rugby in the Northern Hemisphere in future.