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
|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|
|Cornell du Preez|
|Luke Watson (Captain)|
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.
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.
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.
“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.