Cheeky has big plans for Kings

2009-12-02 08:41

Michael Green

Port Elizabeth – The Southern Kings may tour Argentina during the course of next year.

This is one of the plans that Cheeky Watson, the driving force behind the emerging South Eastern Cape franchise, has discussed with SA Rugby.

Watson said on Tuesday that just because the Kings were not named the 15th Super Rugby franchise, doesn't mean that everything must now be scrapped.

"There is still co-operation with SA Rugby to get the franchise on its feet. Besides the Argentinean tour, they are also looking at other possibilities. The Kings may play in the International Rugby Board's Nations Cup (in which the Emerging Springboks have taken part)."

Watson also said there have been dealings with various countries over the possibility of playing a few friendly matches.

"The goal is still to play Super Rugby in 2011, with the matches next year being used as preparation," said Watson.

Watson also said that he would like the president of Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRFU) - of which he currently occupies the role - like SA Rugby, to have a tenure of four years.

He is convinced, after being the head of EPRFU for just a year, that it will be better for the stability of the union.

"In the first year that you take over, you try to fix what is wrong and create new structures or improve on those that are already in existence," he said.

"But in your second year you must once again get everything ready for an election. It just makes sense to be in control of the union for four years, then you can accomplish so much more."

According to Watson, he wouldn't mind if the EPRFU holds its elections sooner, rather than later.

"But then it has to be decided from the start that the management that is elected will be elected for the next four years. This is not about me, but what is best for the union," said Watson.

Watson is relatively satisfied with what he and his management team have achieved in their first year.

"We were not always popular because we took a couple of tough decisions, but they were all in favour of the union," he said.

"With regard to the rugby itself, we have succeeded in establishing a complete representative team and I believe that it can only get better as we go forward."


  • Big Fan - 2009-12-02 09:07

    Here is a man with a historical big view of the world and SA. I wish u all the best with your plans. PS: I love luke too

  • GeePMB - 2009-12-02 09:40

    Cheeky: When your representive team beats the best franchises in the Southern Hemisphere, we will pat you on the back and say well done, until then, have fun playing against Argentinian club sides where the players only play for pride (There is no money in Argentinian rugby!!)

  • Mike,DBN - 2009-12-02 09:40

    Cheeky must succeed Oregan Hoskins as president of SARU as he has the interest of rugby at heart unlike Hoskins.With Cheeky at the helm RSA will dominate world rugby in a way never seen before.

  • jovie - 2009-12-02 09:42

    Good Luck mate!!! You have done alot of hard work thus far..... and the results are there to be seen.... unlike certain bigwigs who are jus in it to fill their own pockets!!!

  • Rugbyfan - 2009-12-02 09:48

    This guy is bad news. BAD BAD news. The best thing for EP rugby and the Kings is to get rid of him.

  • Dude - 2009-12-02 10:34

    Well with Barry already looking at a contract with the Bulls its hard to tell if they do have a complete representative team. I would like to see all the fr4anchises play one another for the spots up for grabs but you cant help feel that who ever needs to make space for the Kings will loose their players to the KIngs cause I dont think we have too many players to fill a fith competitive franchise. AGAIN this is forced andf not natural progression. GHet yourselves in the bloody Curry Cup first then Supr Rugby not the other way around

  • Jor - 2009-12-02 10:39

    Good idea Cheeky in four years you can get your dirty hands on more money than in two years.

  • White lightning - 2009-12-02 10:45

    Here is a man with a big plan. And I wish him the best of luck.

  • Anon - 2009-12-02 11:12

    The rest of SA would support the Kings if Watson wasn't there. He has totally isolated himself from the SA rugby public, bar a couple of snoep-hoendjies that yip-yap around him. And that is what the Kings need, they NEED the rest of SA to support their bid and quest for greater things, but while Watson is there I'll be cheering at every failure of theirs along the way. Big plans lead to big failures, especially when it is a one-man quest. I'll support the Kings when Watson is completely out of the picture.

  • EP Fan - 2009-12-02 11:21

    Put a team together that can play decent Currie Cup rugby first! Walk before you run and build a proper team the right way. No short cuts after that then look at Super rugby!

  • Awa - 2009-12-02 11:47

    Shame man, Like father, like son. Cheeky for SA Rugby Pres-what a joke. The Boks and S15 teams will go nowhere fast down the rankings. Transformation will be a priority, not merit. We won't even make semi's and finals of S15, Tri-nations, World cup! His historical view is a bit one sided anyway. Puke can stay where he is, I think he'll be happy never to wear a bok jersey again-we don't need him.

  • A.J - 2009-12-02 12:40

    Cheeky, what are you thinking, you cannot even win against the lowest franchise in curry cup, how are you going to win in Argentinia, Wake up please, your team will not even be able to win a game against a schools first team

  • Graham du Toit - 2009-12-02 13:01

    And how much money is fat cheeks watson pocketing?

  • Capetonian - 2009-12-02 13:14

    At least the Kings have plan to get some playing time and experience so by the time we are forced to accept them into Super rugby, they might actually be a propper team. however @Mike Dbn: My friend, you must be smoking some doobi. With that man at the helm at SARU, you might as well burn the bok jersey, pave all our stadiums and start playing badminton.

  • Leilani - 2009-12-02 15:35

    Amongst those of us, born & bred in P.E. Hardly anyone ever supported EP Rugby, we all supported WP. Now the Southern Kings, shouldn't they first get going & play against other provincial teams. Save the money to go to Argentina for later, when they have first shown what they are made of.

  • Tommygun - 2009-12-03 03:26

    Satisfied with what he and his management has achieved. Have they even announced a squad for next year?

  • doglet - 2009-12-03 06:51

    Cheeky this is how it works, get your team to first play and win or at least get in the top four of the currie cup before you can even think about the super 14, Look at the Cheetahs they do well in the currie cup every year, but fail to do sh$#t in the super 14, learn from that.

  • Jeff Aucamp - 2009-12-03 16:30

    If this plonker cheeky only had 1% integrity then I would give him a chance.Sadly 1% is a lot more than he can muster.

  • Vernon - 2009-12-04 09:01

    Cheeky Watson, Luke watson and Julius Malema, ..three of a kind.. ..all loud-mouths, motor-mouths... .....talking rubbish...

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