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Super 16 gets Kings excited

2010-07-22 22:41

Michael Green

Port Elizabeth – The Southern Kings cannot wait to become part of a proposed Super 16 rugby tournament from 2013 onwards, says chief executive Stephan Pretorius.

“We are still waiting to be notified and hopefully we will get it next week when the South African Rugby Union (SARU) meets,” said Pretorius.

He was reacting to a media report by Sport24 that stated that the Kings would be allowed into an enlarged Super rugby competition from 2013.

Sport24 understands that SARU made the proposal at a SANZAR meeting and that both New Zealand and Australia accepted it in principle.

“We knew that such a plan would be proposed. While we would have liked to play Super rugby earlier, at least more is being done now than just speculation,” said Pretorius.

“The moment that we officially get the go ahead, we will be able to formally negotiate with sponsors and players.”

Meanwhile, it is reported from Johannesburg that the battle lines have been drawn between SANZAR and the architects of an alternative rugby competition in South Africa.

SANZAR said in a press release that they want absolutely nothing to do with the competition, which would be rugby’s version of cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

Frikkie Erasmus, spokesperson for the organisers of the alternative competition, said they would continue with their planning even if it had to be a rebel series.

SANZAR accused the organisers of approaching players without informing its member unions.

“SANZAR held talks with the organisers to try and understand how it will work. We were told that we would be sent a blueprint, but that has not yet happened,” SANZAR chief executive Steve Tew said in a press release.

Sport24

Comments
  • koos - 2010-07-23 08:08

    first win the first win your 2nd divition cup ,then vodacom cup then the curry cup

  • lose... - 2010-07-23 08:12

    ....Excited to lose all their S16 games.. ...He he he he ..!!!

  • koos - 2010-07-23 08:42

    What is the purpose of the Kings or the Spears or whatever. As a team they will not add value to the competition. We dont need more milk cows there......Lions are there already for that

  • Punani - 2010-07-23 09:16

    The place is a joke, man! The Port Elizabeth side can't even compete in the B-flight of the domestic competition, get hammered in the Vodacom Cup, and can not even qualify for the Currie Cup. Now they want to play in a Super 16 competition where they will take on teams with up to 10 or 11 fully fledged All Blacks in their line up. Shame on SANZAR for allowing this mess. The Lions have already embarrased South Africa enough, and now this.

  • all blacks - 2010-07-23 10:30

    please select 22 quota players.. ...our own "all black" team.. ...winning is not everything.. ....He he he ..!!

  • bjckings - 2010-08-25 16:38

    I think its great that the eastern cape gets the next super rugby spot. Its not as if the Lions are performing, yet they get to stay in. as for the nay sayers its easy to just moan!!!! But considering that some of the best rugby schools are in the eatern cape, it only natural to think that something should be done to enhance the money flow to the province so that they can build a better team. The new aussie team is battling with getting players and a rugby field, we have both!!! When EP gets to the point where the other provinces are financially, we will chat again. But then all of you moanies will be no where to be found!

  • Zion Pay - 2010-08-25 19:08

    Great now the rest of the rugby world can really feel good to score high scores. If there ever was a palooka team then we have just found it well and truly. If they believe they are so good where were they while the rest of the country was trying to play the game. Other than odds and sods they have contributed absolutely zero to rugby. Even less than the mighty Leopards.

  • bjckings - 2010-09-01 13:15

    Oh please, the last statement proves my point!! The benefits of having another team in super rugby far out weighs the negatives.Just switch the lions out then? Zion Pay obviously cannot see wat everyone else sees, wake up boy!

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