Cape Town - Kings president Cheeky Watson says they will accept the South African Rugby Union's (SARU) decision not to allow them to field more than two foreign players in Super Rugby.Rapport
on Sunday reported that the Kings’ request to SARU to allow them more than two foreign players in Super Rugby was rejected. The decision was reportedly made final at a meeting on Friday, with an official announcement expected to be made on Monday.
“The Southern Kings have not received any official confirmation from SA Rugby on this matter as yet, but we have no reason to disbelieve the report," Watson told the Rugby15.co.za website
“If this is the case, we will accept and abide by the decision of SA Rugby. We know that the region has never been fed with a silver spoon, and have no reason to expect any different going into our debut Super Rugby Season.
“The path for this region to get a Super Rugby franchise has been fraught with challenges, and yet, despite all the odds, we have overcome them and Super Rugby is a reality, with our first game against Western Force less than a month away.
“We accept that this opportunity comes from a loaded deck of cards, but the bigger the challenge, the bigger the task, the bigger the team and the overall success.
“We will not be releasing any of our foreign players, however, as there are still ample opportunities within our structures for them to contribute.”
The Kings will play in the Super Rugby competition at the expense of the Lions. It will be the first time a team from that region has played Super Rugby since 1994 when Eastern Province played in the old Super 10 series.
They start their campaign against Australia’s Force in Port Elizabeth on February 23.
Super Rugby squad recently announced by the Kings:
Boetie Britz, Rynier Bernardo, David Bullbring, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jaco Engels
, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Geldenhuys, Lizo Gqoboka, Virgil Lacombe, Tomas Leonardi, Bandise Maku
, Edgar Marutlulle, Mpho Mbiyozo, Darron Nell, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Steven Sykes, Wimpie van der Walt, Luke Watson
, Ronnie Cooke, Wesley Dunlop, Siyanda Grey, Johan Herbst, Michael Killian, SP Marais, Scott Mathie, Waylon Murray
, Hadleigh Parkes, Sergeal Petersen
, Marcello Sampson, Shakes Soyizwapi, Wayne Stevens, Andries Strauss, Elrich van Vuuren, Shaun Venter, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead