Kings deny R40m SARU offer

    2012-07-15 13:59
    EP Kings president Cheeky Watson (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - The Southern Kings have denied a report that they accepted a R40m offer from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to postpone their inclusion in Super Rugby to 2016.

    The Weekend Argus reported on Sunday that the Kings agreed to delay their Super Rugby entry until 2016 in exchange for R40m and Currie Cup Premier Division status from next year.

    But the Kings denied this report and released the following statement on their twitter page: "The story going around we've taken money to stay out of Super Rugby in 2013 is NOT TRUE ! We will be playing Super Rugby in 2013."

    This means the Lions - who was the last-placed SA team in Super Rugby this year - are likely to be relegated at the expense of the Eastern Cape franchise for next year's competition.

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