Kings premature on Maku?

2012-10-04 16:26

Cape Town - Did the EP Kings jump the gun when they announced they had signed Springbok hooker Bandise Maku from the Lions for the 2013 Super Rugby season?

According to the website, the Kings announced on Wednesday they had secured the signatures of Maku, Toulouse and Argentinean scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo and Hadleigh Parkes from the Blues, but it is over Maku’s signature that there seems to be a lot of confusion.

The Lions say they have not spoken to the Kings to loan any players and know nothing about Maku’s apparent move.

The matter was further thrown into confusion when Maku used the social network Twitter to deny signing with the Kings as well.

“No final decision has yet been made on my future. You guys will be amongst the first to know what I decide,” Maku said on Twitter.

So at this moment, without any word from Maku’s agent, Anthony Johnson, it seems the Kings may have been a bit premature in announcing their signing.

Things were further exacerbated when the Lions denied that the Kings had ever approached them for any player. The Kings had used the Lions' refusal to release players as part of their plea to the South African Rugby Union to sign more overseas players than the rules allow.

“Initially there was an emotional response and we were reluctant to say we would release players to the Kings. They banked on the principle that there would be a whole host of Lions players available.

"If we get a specific approach from a player to go to the Kings, we will need to consider it,” Lions acting CEO Ruben Moggee said.

“We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, why would we, for instance, loan a player to the Cheetahs and not the Kings? I can state to you publicly that neither Cheeky Watson nor any of his members have approached us to loan players and we’ve never denied any players to them.”

The Kings have signed Sharks lock Steven Sykes, Stormers flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis and Cheetahs centre Andries Strauss thus far for their 2013 Super Rugby campaign.


  • sandile.vanheerden - 2012-10-04 16:48

    So the Kings wanted Lions players to play for them under a different name? Great plan Cheeky. Not!

      johan.venter.77964 - 2012-10-04 18:15

      The best way to get rid of the Kings democratically is to NOT attend any of their away games. Host franchises will incur losses which will force SARU to re-imburse them or not to play Kings. Job done.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-04 18:33

      while at it Johan, how about you don't ever comment with thie Sandie guy coz you both Idiots who are bitter about my beloved team playing Super Rugby while your pathetic union is self imploding

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-04 18:33

      Johan that has got to be the dumbest idea I've ever heard. How old are you? Seven? I got an idea.Why dont we get the Easter Bunny to put brooklax in there easter eggs or get the tooth fairy to give them peanuts instead of money for their teeth.

      Mandy Casey - 2012-10-04 20:18

      I'm with Johan on this one, won't be rushing out to get tickets to watch a Kings game.

      sebastian.debeer.1 - 2012-10-04 22:16

      King's at the end of the day need to field a competitive side, with current EP players and some new recruits. There's no problem with that, I mean we were notified of our inclusion into super rugby less than 2 months ago. Who cares what you none EP fans do, don't watch them play, no one cares. You oaks can keep the change! Go King's

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-05 07:35

      actualy Sandie gal, I'm not and it seems like you are, judging by the name and surname. here in Eastern Cape we are as real as it gets, we aren't fake like these Jo'burg Idiots (you included)

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-05 07:37

      Sean you would make a good MP of that none existent party called IFP cause all idiots belong and believe them

      juan.nel.16 - 2012-10-05 13:26

      Suidlander kom bietjie jhb toe dan wys ons jou wat is stupid jou meisie!!!!!

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-04 16:54

    Why not take all the lions player, and F up the point of the Kings playing (not that they should be there in the first place) Watson you prick- You can call yourself Lion Kings- The circle of Rugby!!!! Bunch of Idiots!!!!

  • brett.biljon - 2012-10-04 16:56

    I thought the whole reason the Kings were given super rugby status was because they had more registered players than any other province. Why then would they need to contract so many foreign players when they wanted to "showcase their local talent"!!!!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-04 18:48

      Did it ever occur to you that a lot of those registered players could be 15, 16 and 17year olds? Word of advice................dont operate heavy machinery, drive a car or handle hot liquids.

      andrew.gordon.505523 - 2012-10-04 19:27

      Well one of their claims for being in super rugby was so that a more diverse group of people mostly form the EC would get a chance in the big league. Bit hard when they keep buying a new team made from everyone but people from the Eastern Cape

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-04 16:56

    hahahahaha, and at one stage people thought the Lions management was a joke, seems as if the Queens are determine to be even bigger jokes than the Lions management, hahahahaha.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-04 16:57

    Cheeky's wife told me he's always premature.

      Andre Du Preez - 2012-10-04 16:59

      Good one

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-05 05:06

      Gewoonlik voel vrouens maar gemaklik om sulke dinge te bespreek met ouens wat nie straight is nie...

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-05 07:38

      Stirrer, how many Super Cups have you won again? remind me please, amnesia is so my desease

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-05 10:02

      Cheeky's wife wears a D-cup. That's super.

  • Andre Du Preez - 2012-10-04 16:58

    The plan was to give the ec players a shot and now the whole team comes from somwhere else give it back to the lions a B class team and management does not deserve the chance

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-04 17:57

    I don't understand why the LIons need to let players go. Apparently, SARU is paying the Lions an amount similar to what the S15 teams are getting. So the Lions could keep their players. Play Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup, then smash the Kings in a play-off. Am I missing something here?

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-04 18:37

      yes.........a brain.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-04 18:59

      No Lions players will be considered for the Bok team if not playing in S15 therefore they want to leave to not belong to a pariah union Did you just post what you posted? Did that just happen?

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-04 20:46

      @bootman.bokke, I don't mind if you want to get personal. Of course it's difficult for me to be personal, when you hide behind a fake name. @macziekpk, The majority of those that have left, wouldn't have made the Boks anyway, so I don't buy that as a reason. The players have contracts and the union has the money, why not keep them?

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-04 18:52

    All hail the KINGS

  • GeeeMan - 2012-10-04 19:35

    I'm sure there are a lot of Kings supporters who are overjoyed over this whole fiasco, they are your team after all. But surely you too should be able to see what a sad moment this is for SA rugby. All we need now is the Bulls to be relegated to first division and there will be enough mud on SARU's face to never get it off again.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-04 19:45

      How will the Bull's relegation be SARU"S fault?

  • - 2012-10-04 20:01

    Where are all the promised black players from the Eastern Cape? We demand more black players in that team, cause that's what you preached to SARU and the rest of SA and that's what this whole messed up decision was based on. It's time to step up, or shut up.

  • matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-04 20:09

    Lmga... Die klomp Kings haters!!! Shame, mens kan net lag. Niks wat hulle se is nuut nie, en niks maak sin nie. Aan al die wat below the belt comments maak: Kings is daar volgende jaar, ten spyte van julle bohaai. Laat mens wonder hoeveel julle sieklike opinies werklik saak maak ne.

      juan.nel.16 - 2012-10-05 13:30

      En wat weet jy van rugby af??? Gaan kyk netbal al jul kings meisies!!!!

  • Andre.Joubert.deVries - 2012-10-05 13:32

    To all those "Kings Bashers" I just want to say that the Eastern Cape needs to have a Super Rugby team if we are actually serious about transformation in South Africa. This is where "black rugby" has its roots and just because we don't have a Super Rugby team we lose a lot of super talented players to other unions such as Skarra Ntubeni, Siya Kolisi, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa & Akona Ndungane and Elton & Tony Jantjies to name but a few and there are many more e.g. Keegan Daniel, Ryan Kankowski, Nic Groom etc. If the Kings can just get the Eastern Cape boytjies back from the other franchises, we can really challenge for the TOP SPOT! It is just sad that the Kings will only get a year to prove themselves. No Super Rugby team can be built in a year and you just need to look at the Rebels and the Force to understand what I'm trying to say. And no, I'm not an ANC supporter at all, but a plain Afrikaner seun who loves the Eastern Cape and want to see them becoming the force they used to be in SA Rugby. Is that too much to ask?

      juan.nel.16 - 2012-10-05 13:50

      Andre are they a bigger force than the lions, did they deserve a spot into the SR without a relegation match, NO they didnt so please this is all a political move!!!!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-05 18:56

      Andre forget explaining to these idiots, they won't and don't understand. They are moaning and whining here and they will be watching team when it debuts next year, All hail the Kings. just ask all these so called supporters how were their teams formed, chances are they don't know. they are just on lets hate Cheeky brigade. in these blogs you have the idiots of the highest order

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