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Kings get title sponsor


The Aveng Group today announced that it has concluded a major sponsorship deal with the Southern Kings and the Eastern Province Rugby.

What is in a name?


What is in a name?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sulking South Africans stand no chance of adding to Super quota


It’s February, the Super Rugby season is about to start, and – shock, horror – the South African provinces are having an almighty whinge.

Greg Growden

February 14, 2012

So, what’s new? One year, they are complaining that the tournament scheduling is unfair because, they argue, it favours the Australian and New Zealand teams. The next, they are moaning about wanting to head to Europe because they play in the same time zone.

Now they are complaining they don’t have enough teams in the tournament – and that if the tournament is not expanded from a Super 15 to Super 16, they will boycott the event.

Forget about it. It’s not going to happen. It is just the latest in a long line of the type of political bluster of which South African rugby officials are the masters. The Super Rugby ranks were all a tizz yesterday when a South African newspaper claimed the five local teams had threatened to boycott next year’s tournament if any of them were excluded at the expense of the Southern Kings.

The Rapport newspaper said the Stormers, Bulls, Lions, Cheetahs and Sharks had sent a letter detailing their demands to the South African Rugby Union, including that none of them would be eliminated from the tournament next year, when the Kings are added to the Super Rugby ranks. The Kings hail from the Eastern Cape, the South African province that boasts the most black players.

The concern of the South African Super Rugby teams is that unless there are six South African teams in next year’s tournament, which will mean expanding to a 16-team competition, one of them will have to be cut to make way for the Kings.

The two provinces most under threat hail from the highveld – the Lions and the Cheetahs. Adding to the pressure is that the South African authorities have already said a merger of those two is not on the table.

Instead, a relegation system has been proposed, causing concern among all the South African provinces. So the boycott threat is all about survival and putting pressure on the local authorities not to give the Kings an easy leg-up.

Not surprisingly, South African officials yesterday tried to play down the boycott threat, but did acknowledge there was friction among the five existing Super Rugby teams over the Kings’ inclusion. To try to keep all their constituents happy, the SARU will continue lobbying their Australian and New Zealand partners to get an extra team. But they have no hope of success.

As Australian Rugby Union chief executive and SANZAR board member John O’Neill told the Herald last week: ”We’re in the second year of a five-year deal where we sold to the broadcasters a 15-team competition. Changing that midstream is not really on.”

The Super 15 will remain the Super 15 until at least 2016 – and one South African province will have to go to allow the Kings to come in. End of story.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/sulking-south-africans-stand-no-chance-of-adding-to-super-quota-20120213-1t2a4.html#ixzz1mPdHMZai

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 one step closer


A further milestone in the establishment and operation of a Super Rugby franchise in the South Eastern Cape was reached earlier this week in Port Elizabeth when representatives of Border Rugby Union, Eastern Province Rugby and the South Western Districts Rugby Union formally concluded and signed a Cooperation Agreement.

Kings participation in Super Rugby highly unlikely


It appears the Southern Kings’ inclusion in an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2013 is even less likely than when they went by the name of the Southern Spears and promised inclusion in 2007.

Kings’ victory was not in final score


The value of the Kings victory over the weekend should not only be measured in the final score or their ‘readiness’ program for Super Rugby 2013.

Kings to play SA Super franchises


The Southern Kings will play friendly matches against all five of the Vodacom Super Rugby teams in 2011 as well as top English club Saracens as the latest stage in a plan by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to prepare the team for Super Rugby entry in 2013.

Kings to play SA franchises in 2011


The South African Rugby Union has reaffirmed its commitment to the establishment of the Southern Kings franchise in the Southern and Eastern Cape rugby regions.

No Kings until 2013 – Hoskins


Players and fans in the black rugby stronghold of South Africa’s Eastern Cape say officials have broken promises to get their local side into Super Rugby.

Kings tired of SARU stalling tactics


The Southern Kings franchise remains determined to bring Super Rugby to the Eastern and Southern Cape from 2011.

Kings set for Super ‘debut’


The Southern Kings will make their second appearance on the rugby field, the first against Super 14 opposition, when they face the Cheetahs in a pre-season friendly later this month.

Kings still on track


Despite losing out on the 15th franchise for the Super 15, the Kings are still going strong.

Kings can bring our boys home


JJ Harmse in his News24 column is impressed by the hard-nosed stance SA Rugby has taken on the Southern Kings issue and the selection of the 15th Super team for the expanded competition in 2011 and believe they can bring some of our boys home.

“SARU has no backbone” – Watson


As was the case with the Spears in 2006, SARU has again showed they have no backbone when it comes to supporting an Eastern Cape rugby Franchise.

Votes won’t decide S15 franchise


Rugby’s SANZAR board will vote on Wednesday whether Melbourne or Port Elizabeth will be awarded Super rugby’s 15th licence, but the matter looks headed for arbitration.