Kings to accept SARU decision

2013-01-27 22:22

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 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 (captain)


Demetri Catrakilis, 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


  • derrick.pentz.5 - 2013-01-27 22:28

    Jeepers Cheeky , you haven't learnt much, why don't you just Demand

      werner.coetzer.311 - 2013-01-28 07:29

      "Silver spoon" and "loaded deck" comment... what a "load" of crap, take that spoon and stick it where the sun dont shine, jou ingat ANC pawn

  • gert.swart.393 - 2013-01-27 23:05

    Amper kots ek!

      chris.gill.9849 - 2013-01-28 08:04

      Just keep it away from the Bok jersey.

      johan.venter.77964 - 2013-01-29 19:27

      ek ook

  • MichaelJames.ZA - 2013-01-27 23:17

    Cheeky has really destroyed the image of the once proud EP Rugby Union. His comments really create the impression that he expects things his way, and is more than happy to insinuate bias against him and the Kings when the rules are not bent any further. "We know that the region has never been fed with a silver spoon.." - Cheeky Watson. Yea, no silver spoons Cheeky, only Super Rugby on a politically gifted silver platter.

      heini.botes - 2013-01-28 07:41

      Took the words right out of my mouth, I would have just changed Cheeky with poep*l

      john.comyn.18 - 2013-01-28 08:36

      Personally speaking, in my view, Cheeky Watson has brought Super rugby to the Eastern Cape despite all the odds stacked against them. That in itself is a feat of note despite what you and 90% of this board have to say. The Force were allowed 5 overseas players when they came into the competition and (I'm under corrections the Rebels a similar amount). I'd also love to know what image Watson destroyed!!!! I grew up in PE and played club rugby there for 12 years. Watson is responsible for saving EP rugby ... fool!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-28 09:15

      Agreed John!!

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-01-28 12:24

      John Commin.18 ... better to have kept your view to yourself ... as they say nobody would have known u r stupid until u shared your view and removed all doubt ...!!!!! Same applies to ruan.smith14 (youR IQ OR YOUR AGE rUAN??)

      rassie.venter.5 - 2013-01-29 12:10

      Ek het vir jare op die Boet gesit en pragtige ruby kyk , met 'n Prof Vermaak as OP President en 'n Unie wat weekliks baie van die grotes WP Bulle ens gesink het, maar deur die jare is dit ouens soos die Watsons wat vir persoonlikke gewin hierdie eens trotse Unie vernietg het en verder hulle nou by verre die mees gehate Unie in seker wereld rugby te maak. Dit is tyd dat die publiek opstaan en terugvat wat hulle sin is, julle is die ondersteuners julle geld maak hulle koffers vol, skrik wakker kyk verby SR en help dat julle weer julle trots herwin

  • danie.theron.925 - 2013-01-27 23:27

    Good luck Puke Watson,you are going to need it.Good decision SARU.

  • - 2013-01-27 23:41

    Very cheeky request to begin with.

  • Owentjie - 2013-01-28 00:08

    I bet Luke Watson has a stand out year.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-29 07:22

      Standing out like a sore thumb?

  • jacoists - 2013-01-28 01:41

    How rediculous. They insisted to be included in the Super Rugby series and then employed players from all over the country to play for them. Now thet still want to include the rest of the world as well. Good heavens, I thought the idea was to accomodate the Eastern Province Rugby Union. At the end of the day they are going to play with players from outside EP and not one of their own. This really prooves the point that they don't deserve to take part in this Series.

      willie.duplessis.56 - 2013-01-28 06:08

      I hear what you say but regarding players.... The Sharks have been doing that for years! Not many Natal boys been in that team so your comment about about players outside the region does not hold much water! You will be surprised how many players are currently playing SupeRugby or in Europe that come from the Eastern Cape, especially the East London, Border area! If they could be brought back.... Would be a very powerful team! Remember, I certainly am not a Cheeky fan and as far as Luke the Puke goes....

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-01-28 11:14

      Yes Willie, we get that Natal has players from all over ... but Natal never made playing only local players an excuse to buy their way into SR ... Cheeky (whenever I type or say that name I vomit a little in the back of my mouth) is following the recipe the ANC has mixed so well --- make all kinds of nice promises that gets the (stupid non-thinking) masses on your side, blame apartheid (if you are black) or lean on your anti-apartheid credentials (if u r white) ... and voala - you get what u want --- and if u dont get it all plus extras u get sarcastic and say ---"we have never been fed with a silver spoon" .... darn right - a wooden spoon has been all u deserved!

      werner.coetzer.311 - 2013-01-28 13:16

      @Willie, so why do you need internationals then?

  • Mike15988a - 2013-01-28 02:18

    Apologies typo...should read, 'Given one season only' - refer article on Free State cricket, overseas player quotas, Kings rugby etc.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-28 04:55

    What an attitude, I seriously doubt that even the beatings the Kings are going to take will humble Cheeky.

  • Wayne - 2013-01-28 05:56

    Cheeky and Luke idiots of note!

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2013-01-28 07:10

    Come on Cheeky..rules is rules..don't always ask more than you must not bargain for..that is arrogant.

  • andries.greeff.1 - 2013-01-28 07:35

    No silver spoon? Ungrateful, ignorant idiot!

  • gwvickers - 2013-01-28 07:53

    WHahahhaahahahahahah, you guys a so screwed, can I alos play to get it to the history book, pls pls pls pls

  • brilloks.bittergal - 2013-01-28 08:00

    Enigste speel wat my "nervouse" maak in hierdie backline is ou Ronnie Cooke. Ek was heel oortuig speel nog in Frankryk rugby. Ek hoop Alwyn Hollenbach het die spoed om die kerel vas te trek wanneer die Lions teen hierdie klomp paloekas speel. Andries Strauss sal een game speel dan sit hy weer op die sideline en lek sy wonde.

  • glen.clark.37669 - 2013-01-28 08:31

    Well, Old son, I guess it's down to the one thing you were not looking forward to - playing the game on a level playing field with no concessions - and now you have to play rugby against the big boys! All your Vodacom cup experience will surely help with this, as well as a small taste of real rugby against the Cheetahs last season!! Shame you couldn't pull some more strings to help get around the actual playing rugby thing! By the way, welcome to Super 15 NOT Mediocre 15, here we play hard and have to work for that privilege, we don't just get in because we have friends in low/high places. What is really embarrassing is the amount of comments from Australia and NZ about this Fiasco, just from fans that want promotion the only fair way, by playing your way into the top levels!! Good luck, you gonna need it! Oh, by the way, enjoy your flights and the sight seeing overseas, I think that's gonna be the best part of the S15 for you and your "Queens" - maybe "Pawns" would be a better name though!

  • gerrard.mcfarlane - 2013-01-28 08:46

    cheeky your an a hole

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2013-01-28 10:47

    Come now kings play by the rules..and PLS just try and win a game this year,don't humiliate SA pls!!!I can't wait for the lions v kings game at ellis!game on!

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2013-01-28 10:47

    Come now kings play by the rules..and PLS just try and win a game this year,don't humiliate SA pls!!!I can't wait for the lions v kings game at ellis in june!game on!

  • peter.boettger - 2013-01-28 14:39

    The Watsons still has not learned since Cheekie and Lukes earlier years Can you imagine if they had Senior Status in South African Rugby, and decision bearing ideas .Carry on dig the hole big enought for the two of you. one season . EX, PE

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-29 04:57

    Welcome to the rules of Super Rugby. This is the first lesson that you will be learning. But a a lot more are on their way.

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