Cape Town - The Eastern Province Kings
will play in the Currie Cup First Division, if a proposal by SA Rugby is
approved by members of the General Council.
The proposal has been
circulated to the 13 provincial unions. They have until close of business on
Tuesday to provide their response.
If it is approved the Leopards
– who finished fourth in the qualifying competition – will replace the EP Kings
and join the other qualifiers (Griquas, Boland and the Steval Pumas) in the
Currie Cup Premier Division this season.
Eastern Province would join
the Down Touch Griffons, South Western Districts, Border, Hino Valke and
Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in the First Division.
“We realise the situation is
not ideal but unfortunately we had little other option than to make this
proposal,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“The Currie Cup remains a
massively important part of the local rugby landscape and the solution for this
year is the best for the competition while allowing the EP Kings to continue
The change – if approved – would
mean the Currie Cup Premier Division would be contested by the Xerox Golden
Lions, DHL Western Province, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Cell C Sharks, Toyota Free
State Cheetahs, Griquas, Boland, the Steval Pumas and the Leopards.
SA Rugby confirmed that
following the Emirates Lions’ qualification for the Vodacom Super Rugby final
on Saturday, their provisional Currie Cup schedule has been revised and the
Xerox Golden Lions will have a bye this weekend.