Rugby

Currie Cup: Big 5, Kings safe?

2014-02-07 09:00
Currie Cup (File)

Cape Town - A new proposal could see the so-called big five unions and the Eastern Province Kings be assured of their Currie Cup status for at least the next two years.

According to the Volksblad website, this is the latest proposal to be voted on at an annual South African Rugby Union (SARU) meeting next Thursday.

It would see the Blue Bulls, Western Province, Sharks, Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions and Kings be safe of their spot in the top flight, even if they finished in the bottom two of the proposed eight-team top division.

This proposal was made at a SARU meeting on Tuesday in a final attempt to increase the number of teams in the Currie Cup Premier Division to eight. If the new proposal is not accepted, then the status quo of six teams will remain.

The new proposal stems from Bok coach Heyneke Meyer's intention to withdraw his Springboks from the semi-finals and final of the Currie Cup.

The new proposal needs 75% of the votes to be accepted and a team like the Pumas could be against it as it would make it very tough for them to survive in the Currie Cup top flight. They qualified for the Premier Division when they beat Griquas in a promotion-relegation battle last year.

The Kings are in favour of this proposal and it would also see them accept not to play a promotion-relegation series against the lowest-ranked South African Super Rugby team.

CLICK HERE to read the full story on the Volksblad website.

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