SARU mum on Kings' future

2012-07-17 12:04

Johannesburg - The SA Rugby Union (SARU) is expected to decide on next season's Super Rugby conference structure at a rescheduled general council meeting on August 16.

SARU said on Tuesday it would not comment on media reports suggesting the original decision to hand the Southern Kings a spot in next year's competition had been scrapped.

"This is clearly an important issue of wide interest," SARU CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement.

"But the decision rests with the general council and until they have made that decision it serves no purpose to become involved in speculation on any scenarios."

Roux said unsourced reports on the Kings' exclusion were "purely speculative".

Eastern Province rugby president Cheeky Watson denied earlier in the week that the Kings had agreed to accept money in exchange for their spot in the 2013 SA conference of the cross-continental franchise competition.

"The report that we have agreed to accept R40 million and will forgo our right to inclusion in the Super Rugby competition until 2016 is news to me," Watson said in a statement.

"We have said that we are prepared to negotiate the best way for the Southern Kings to enter the Super Rugby competition, but these details have never been on the table."

A unanimous decision was taken by all 14 provinces at a SARU general meeting in January to award the Kings one of five available places in next season's SA conference.

Sanzar, which organises the Super Rugby competition, confirmed later there would be no place for a sixth team in the 2013 season, and if Saru included the Kings, they would need to make a space available within their own conference.

Among the proposals to accommodate the Eastern Cape union include a promotion/relegation format, with the bottom team in the 2012 competition, the Lions, dropping out.

Acting Lions CEO Ruben Moggee called earlier this month for the SARU general council to find a solution. He said they had already weighed up other options in case they were relegated from Super Rugby.

"It is an untenable situation from the timing perspective," Moggee said.

"We find ourselves in mid-July and the decision is not clear yet. We are continuing to contract and recruit players for next year and looking at our juniors.

"We've not given up, so looking at where we want to be. We want to have a competitive squad."


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-17 12:09

    Is SARU set to decide or have they passed the buck onto the various unions to decide by voting?? SARU you got yourself into this by making promises now get yourselves out of it.

      jason.children - 2012-07-17 12:13

      And its so unfair on the Lions and their plans, "are we in or out?" what a farce........SARU have made their names Gat in the international rugby community!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-17 12:20

      I personally think its unfair of everybody to have a go at the Kings,fair enough they don't deserve it on current playing records but they were not the ones that made the promise that they will play Super rugby in 2013.

      jason.children - 2012-07-17 12:24

      Yeah I know, but dude you know Cheeky and crew had political backing in the original request to be allowed into Super Rugby!! There is all sorts of ANC smell around this whole farce!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-17 12:27

      Yes I do agree with what you are saying regarding Cheeky and the ANC and one has to feel for the people of PE,they are starving for decent rugby game sto be watched. Like you said in your first comment are we in or are we out,SARU should have the backbone to make this decision ASAP.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-07-17 12:48

      That's how decisions are made SARU is only as strong as its executive committee

      nicnac.nac - 2012-07-17 13:03

      Awww Lionel, you are so considerate. Wish I could call it 5 cents worth, but it's less. :-)))))))))))))

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-17 13:27

      Nic,so whats happening at Loftus over the next 3 weeks,oh I forgot absolutely nothing:):):)

  • Trevor - 2012-07-17 12:14

    SARU you bunch of useless A-holes. sort this out once and for all!!! Losing so much respect for our administration!!

  • Rich - 2012-07-17 12:24

    For crying out loud, grow a pair and make a decision you spineless idiots. SARU are a joke - the rugby world is laughing at you.

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-07-17 12:25

    The height of Corporate masturbation....Farce....really leadership whatsoever...

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-07-17 12:37

    At least PE will have more fans attending the games at the new nelson mandela bay stadium than the people from Joburg, where more people go to UJ games than lions games.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-07-17 12:46

      Do the PE public currently go and support the EP Kings?

      ltjvrensburg - 2012-07-17 12:57

      Time will tell, as you cannot compare vodacom cup section b games with super games, but seeing that there is not much happening sporting wise in our region I'm sure MANY will flock to see Super rugby games.

      dewald.pretorius.37 - 2012-07-17 13:39

      Yeah all the people that will be flocking to ur stadium will prob support the other teams. Sorry but know one supports a loser

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-17 13:23

    What are these guy's smoking?

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