SANZAR: No Kings suspension

2013-03-20 14:27

Cape Town - SANZAR CEO Greg Peters has ruled out proposed punishments for the Kings after the team breached SARU’s rules by fielding three foreign players in their Super Rugby game against the Chiefs.

Speaking to the Sharksworld website, Peters confirmed that SARU does not have the jurisdiction to suspend the Kings or to dock the team points, as that would “affect the competition as a whole”.

Only SANZAR is empowered to act against any team that will in any way affect competition participation or log standings.

When the Kings played three foreign players they were not acting against SANZAR’s rules.

“It is not our laws that have been breached,” Peters said.

SANZAR has no such existing limit on the use of foreign players, for example, the Rebels were allowed by the ARU to field up to ten foreign players after the team entered Super Rugby in 2011.

SARU's only remaining recourse is to impose a financial penalty on the Kings.

In a press release, SARU stated that they could possibly fine the franchise if they continued to flout the rules, with a financial penalty of up to R1m.


  • theo.ferreira.58 - 2013-03-20 14:32

    Cheeky knew this all along. Do first and ask for permission later ;)

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-03-20 14:47

      Maybe SARU can now focus on cheating TUKS. I have ask all along "does SARU knows the differance between local and foreign". Which SA province does Pampas XV represent. Oh boy I can see the cry-babies floging SANZAR.

      Jaco Groenewald - 2013-03-20 15:12

      Ek gaan die Kings in twee games ondersteun, die twee teen die Stompies!!!!!!!!!!!

      PissoffWp Poefters - 2013-03-20 15:20

      Hoekom mag die Stormers dan 15 Leeu spelers kies????

      Dhirshan Gobind - 2013-03-20 15:23

      SA is obsessed with the Kings - change the topic please . . .

      Aj ATi Morkel - 2013-03-20 15:27

      Actually it doesn't matter what Sanzar says, our only responsibility to them is fielding 5 teams. Teams we can choose, like the whole fiasco as to how the kings got allowed to enter in the first place. Saru has the power and privilege to switch the lions with the kings whenever they please. That is our prerogative, not Sanzars. And seeing that 60% ish of the revenues comes from S.A, they should shut the fck up !!!

      Jacob Hoffman - 2013-03-20 15:35

      Ya Cheeky ne

      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 15:45

      It is official the Cheeky

      heini.botes - 2013-03-20 15:47

      Why do they block it....oh i forgot, The Queens are SANZAR an ANC's love child! Shame! Go Saders!!!!!

      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 15:56

      Sport24 has cut my reply. Let me start again. It is official that the Cheeky

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-20 16:23

      Great! I don't want them suspended, I want them thumped! They have added a new dimension to my love of rugby - the area of 'un'support. I look forward to watching them each week, shouting for the opposition. This is new to me, I mean I even support the Stormers against foreign teams (I know, that's hard to believe, but true)

      christo.t.ferreira - 2013-03-20 16:27

      SARU , you are a DISGRACE to our country and SARU , you have embarrased our country. You at SARU dont even know the rules of a competition we have been in for HOW MANY YEARS ?? Sisss man its flippin disgusting. Gooooooo Kings go

      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 16:27

      @ Heini maybe they don't really belief in freedom of the press! What about fair and free commenting,is'nt it what this site is all about? Anyway Mr Watson is a genius and bravo to SANZAR. Go Kings go..we love you!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-03-22 08:28

      Sorry Frankie, even Sport24 had enough of your stupid comments.

  • Detective.Kruger - 2013-03-20 14:38

    To all the News 24 commentators I TOLD YOU SO !!!! SARU has got nothing to do with Super Rugby, how can rules be different for Australian and New Zeeland teams which are allowed to field as many foreigners as they want. Well done Mr Peters.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-20 15:33

      SANZAR is a "body" created by 3 rugby dodies of the 3 countries. They are binded by an agreement. SARU is a 1/3 shareholder in SANZAR. Thus they have rights. NZAR part always like to think and act as if they are SANZAR, but it is still SARU's right to decide on the 5 playing SA teams. Maybe the rule, mentioned, can safe the Kings on the point system, but SARU can still penelize them. That will be for, hopefully, cool heads to decide. The irony is that SA and NZ cried to have 5 teams in and Australia was requesting that deal to keep it balance because they do not have the players. Now SA suddenly do not have enough SA players to fill the Kings? One of the same countries who was crying because they have too many players and requested an extra team. Does that make sense?

  • John Fourie - 2013-03-20 14:39

    Favouritism, nothing else and the Kings with SARU's help will find ways to keep them from being relegated next season as well . . . . . Money talks . . . . .

  • Owentjie - 2013-03-20 14:40

    Awesome. The eastern province getting what it deserves on its own terms. Not a fan of Cheeky. But he is not holding back for anyone, and getting what the province needs.

      Azure Phoenix - 2013-03-20 14:55

      I agree, not a fan of the guy, but he gets the job done.

      Matt Prinsloo - 2013-03-21 12:03

      My point all along. You don't have to like him as a person, to respect the work that he is doing. He has my support all the way.

  • Gcina Seleteng - 2013-03-20 14:40

    Up the Kings!

      Gcina Seleteng - 2013-03-20 14:48

      Stop hating john

      Azure Phoenix - 2013-03-20 14:55

      Universiteit Pretoria is soos die Kings ja.

      Jaco Groenewald - 2013-03-20 15:15

      Azure Phoenix JY is net so oningelig soos WP24. Het julle vanoggend die berig op Jac 94.2 gehoor??? Maties is alweer n klomp suurpruime, sien WP leer hulle mooi daar in die kaap!!!!!!!!!

      PissoffWp Poefters - 2013-03-20 15:21

      Azure Phoenix CHOP!!!

      pieter.thefuture - 2013-03-20 15:30

      @jaco Groenewald - yep, jacaranda 94.2 word mos in die Kaap uitgesaai. Se asb waaroor jy aangaan, of praat jy van die feit dat Maties 7uit 7 gewen het sover die siesoen en die beste wat enige ander span kon doen 4 uit 7 is? in daai gaval stem ek saam, hulle leer mooi in die Kaap

  • Johan Botha - 2013-03-20 14:48

    Is anyone really surprised? I thought the rule of 2 foreign players was from SARU and not SANZAR. why did cheeky then apply to SARU to have more foreign players and not SANZER in the beginning? Probaly misled again cheeky?

  • Jan van der Merwe - 2013-03-20 14:56

    Just like the Bulls, the Kings are allowed to do what they want.....take that pathetic pink jersey as example!

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 15:17

      ek moet ongelukkig stem, daai pienk jerkies is absolute twak! hierdie tipe weepee mentaliteit moet sommer vinnig terug platberg toe gestuur word??

      Basil Adams Basil - 2013-03-20 16:37

      U know y Jan ? Coz we can!

      steven.berry.319 - 2013-03-20 16:39

      So supporting Cancer is pathetic? Crawl back in ur hole

  • Marius Koopman - 2013-03-20 14:58

    Hallelujaaaaaaaa!!!!! Hoe lekker kry ek nou vir daai haters. Ek se dit al heelweek. Die Aus en NZ spanne het meer buitelanders as die Kings en niemand in SA se niks daaroor nie. Wys vir hulle 'n vet vinger Cheeky. Allie pad agter jy en Luke. Hierdie klomp rassiste het weer 'n keer op hul M...R gekry. LEKKERRRRRRR!!!!!

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 15:28

      Ooooooooo, omdat nz en ausie manne pleinweg te patetiese p03psakke is om rugby te kan speel en ander lande se spelers moet gebruik om hul gatte te red, om so australasie se naam skeinbaar hoog te hou, mag groot kots en klein kots nou dieselfde doen?? perd, jy mis di punt heeltemal.... Hoekom gaan huur jy ni ook maar iemand om jou vrou uit haar frustrasie te red, omdat jy ook te kort skiet ni....ek bedoel dit is di PROFESIONELE ERA??

  • Marius Koopman - 2013-03-20 15:04

    Hoeraaaaaa!!!! Dankie SANZAR. Geregtigheid het geseevier. Ek se al heelweek AUS en NZ spanne speel met baie meer as 3 buitelanders in hul spanne en niemand in SA se iets nie. So kry vir julle al die haters. Bankvas agter Cheeky en Luke. Hou sommer die patetiese Lions vir so lank as moontlik uit Super rugby. Lank lewe die KINGS!!!!!!

      Marcus Vermaak - 2013-03-20 15:18

      Shhh, the adults are trying to have a conversation.

      Marius Koopman - 2013-03-20 15:27

      Lekker lag ek vir jou rassis wat jy is.

      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 15:35

      Die haatsigtige mense is rerig vaak,dom en asvaal. Kan nie glo dat die mense so dom is nie en val vir die swakste slap riem. Waar het hulle skool gegaan???

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 15:43

      perd, verstaan mooi, ons is ni NZ of australie ni. Ons het al di talent hier, wat ons nodig mag kry?? groot kots probeer di kits resep, maar gaan ongelukkig ni di kits oplossing kry ni- veral wanneer hy sy eie WIT spelers MISBRUIK en dan verder BELEDIG, terwyl dom onosele WIT ondersteuners soos jy ook nog in sy g@ opkruip. Omdat sanzar, nz en aus se agterbakse span strukture probeer toesmeer, deur al hul 'huursoldate' van ander lande te regverdig, beteken ni ons moet dieselfde dom skuif maak ni- dit gaan rugby in SA vernietig, ons manne gaan almal platberg poefters word en werks geleenthede gaan nog verder weggeneem word?? Elke reel wat deesdae geimplimenteer word is altyd net tot voordeel van nz & ausies, maar moet ni di cheeky aap volg tot in di afgrond ni asseblief??

      Morne Nagel - 2013-03-20 15:49

      @frankgerald we went to school there where you won't be accepted because they don't take 'special' people like you. And unlike your school, my school tought me rugby on professional level. Real rugby. You guys act as if the Kings won the super rugby.

      Basil Adams Basil - 2013-03-20 16:36

      Morne Nagel go back to Nigel u a real nigel jou Msp!

  • Kurt Fredericks - 2013-03-20 15:06

    All i can say to all the kings haters is wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You are all a bunch of suckers(pineapple btw). News 24 took you all for a bunch of fools by withholding (by choice) this vital info because good reporters get thier facts in order first then go to press (ie. check the tuks article it has all the facts) Seems Cheeky knew more than he let on(clever guy) and decided to wait for SARU to expose themselves for what they are. Poor showing by SARU for not knowing where thier juristiction starts and ends. So let this be a lesson to all you SUCKERS that News24 is not the premier source of info it claims to be.

      PissoffWp Poefters - 2013-03-20 15:21

      En jou ma!!!!!!!!!!

      Kurt Fredericks - 2013-03-20 15:28


      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 15:31

      The haters is verby dof and stupid, I say maybe there's nothing between the ears!!!!!

      Morne Nagel - 2013-03-20 15:34

      Haha suckers? Really? From a Kings supporter? 14th overall, last on S.A log... Wow dude? Gain some places and win games then start calling other supporters suckers. Wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

      Kurt Fredericks - 2013-03-20 16:30

      An intelligent comment deserves and intelligent response so here goes. wwwwwwwaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

  • Thembela Zulu - 2013-03-20 15:11

    SARU must be reminded that we are talking about Super Rugby here not Currie Cup & they must leave our team alone.As I said it before they have no jurisdiction to suspect or dock points for the Kings or any South African Franchise.Wishing the Kings all the best from their first outing of 2013 Super Rugby against Crusaders at Christchurch.

      Sean Brady - 2013-03-20 22:02

      Saru does have the jurisdiction to fine the Kings for fielding too many foreign players! They cannot subtract points though. Having said this the Kings got no points in the Chiefs game anyway!!!

  • DeWet Heima Slabbert - 2013-03-20 15:14

    wat worry almal so..die Kings gaan niks bereik nie! hulle kan soveel cheat soos hul wil of die hele span van oorsese spelers maak. die kanse dat dai span ooit die titel wen of in die top 6 eindig is 0!!!!!!!!

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 16:30

      di anc het hulle onwettig ingekry?? verder het groot kots di stories al so verdraai en regverdig dat niemand meer 'n idee het wat aangaan ni?? dom wit spelers speel hard vir daai net 5 'WIT-spelers', en binnelandse posisies wat nog tydelik beskikbaar is- hulle moet vir hul families sorg?? dom wit ondersteuners in PE wil ten minste 'n rede he' om te suip op 'n saterdag aand- daarom di getalle?? al di bg dinge en nog meer, is redes dat groot kots se skuimbal span erens op 'n manier sal deurwurm al is dit onverdienslik en onwettiglik??

      Bruce Chetty - 2013-03-20 20:22

      we beat the force with all local players. the kings will succeed and have proven themselves against the defending camps and runners up of last year. it is an ashame that kings inclusion is regarded as political, and ironic for that matter. why did saru not hold their promis from 2006 to include the kings. all i can say is that we are greatful that Cheeky has used every possible way to better Rugby in the EC. most of our players had nothing to play for in 1st dev cc yet now, a season later, they can put their hand up and say Mr. Meyer we are here aswell. the kings have brought hope and belief to players that would never have had the opportunity to player SR and stand a chance for bok selection. we are proud of cheeky, we proud of the kings. there is only one team. SOUTHERN KINGS!!!!

      Anton Dickson - 2013-03-20 22:42

      Ja whatever Bruce ........ Proud vir niks!!!!!!!!

  • Hilmar Lückhoff - 2013-03-20 15:15

    This doesn't make sense one bit. Then every province can apply for a spot in the super 14 at SANZAR. This means there is no place for SARU at super level. They also then have no say in contracts because it must go through SANZAR first. SANZAR can then choose if the lions or kings ( or any other team from a country) may play in next year's competition. We don't need to listen to SANZAR because we have all the money and the biggest tv rights, so if SARU decides to hand out a punishment there is not really anything they can do about it.

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 16:36

      presies reg. saru is 'n anc middelman groepie, wat niks van rugby weet, of omgee wat met sa rugby gebeur ni. hulle vat al di miljoene- koop nuwe bmw en vreet heeldag pap en hoenderpote.... kyk 'n bietjie wat met ons geliefde atletiek gebeur het- in hulle !@#$%^&* in

  • Spikes Joubert - 2013-03-20 15:17

    Chalk one up for Cheesy Chalky

  • tim.kilpin - 2013-03-20 15:22

    Disgrace - the man is caught with his hand in the cooki9e jart and now gets away scott free.

  • frankgerald - 2013-03-20 15:23

    As I have stated before don't jump to conclusions until you have all the facts to your disposal. Yes pathetic sour grapes haters maybe you will never learn,being taken for a ride once again. I have read this article first before commenting unless these stupid haters. They just wants to be the first to comment to get as much thumb-ups as possible! The Rebels could field ten foreingners and you make a blinded fuss about three. Now I will check out what the haters had to come up with this time.Hope the poor haters will leave the Kings alone from now onwards. Bravo to SANZAR. Go Kings go... A province is behind you!

      Terence Wessels - 2013-03-20 15:37

      Lol. Kings are useless and proving it every week. Haai fooi tog ne. Hehehe

      Basil Adams Basil - 2013-03-20 16:21

      Adrian and Terence y don't u guys just piss yourselves wet !

      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 20:03

      Thank you Basil,hope they will do just that!

      Sean Brady - 2013-03-20 22:06

      The Kings are a franchise affiliated to SARU not to SANZAR! As such they are held by SARU's decisions on foreign players. If they continue to field more than 2 foreign players they can be fined! Probably the reason that they have withdrawn two of these foreigners from the touring squad! So there is no real victory here. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good story!

      Terence Wessels - 2013-03-21 08:23

      Lol. Ill withdraw my statement when your ANC team prove themselves. Guess what? Not gonna happen coz they don't have what it takes, and everyone hates Puke and his dad. Enjoying watching you guys lose though. Very entertaining.

  • Yolandi Serfontein - 2013-03-20 15:33

    Dan kan die ander SA spanne ook mos meer as 3 buitelandse spelers in hul spanne he. Dit is volgens SANZAR mos nie 'n oortreding nie, of hoe?

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 16:38

      Dis ni di oplossing ni, dis di probleem...

      frankgerald - 2013-03-20 20:07

      A bit slow hey Yolanda that is the whole point and the rules can't be more clearer! SANZAR have no problem with that especailly the new team entering super rugby.

      Yolandi Serfontein - 2013-03-21 15:56

      Oh Franky. How can I make this more clearer for you? I said, if the Kings can field more than 2 foreign players in one game, the other SA teams can surely do the same seeing that SANZAR has no problem with it. But SARU has a different set of rules that has to be followed by the 5 SA teams. If the Kings broke SARU's rules and got away with it, the others can do the same. It's very convenient for you to forget about SARU's rules when u hand out insults like this.

  • Bruce Gonneau - 2013-03-20 15:34

    My guess is that no action will be taken against the Kings. Why would you punish a franchise that's raking in the money by consistently filling it's home stadium? Certainly don't agree with the way this is all being handled and it can only do damage to SA's rugby reputation - if we even have any left. But in the end money talks I guess.

  • Hilmar Lückhoff - 2013-03-20 15:35

    Julle wat so praat van di NZ spanne wat so baie ander spelers gebruik, onthou as jy 'n maori is dan is jy van NZ af en nie van die suid see eilande nie.

  • Jacob Hoffman - 2013-03-20 15:35

    Ya, cheeky ne

  • Jacob Hoffman - 2013-03-20 15:36

    Ya he was cheeky ne

  • Johan Lensley - 2013-03-20 15:38

    All this report is saying, is that SARU can't deduct points and kick the Kings out of the tournament, THIS YEAR!! The can still dock them financially and find them guilty of breaking SARU's rule for SA teams! He reason being (only 2 foreiners allowed per team), to develope local talent! NZ and Aus are ruining their local talent (or lack thereof) by allowing south-islanders to flood their system (by their own admition)... So SARU is still the boss of the Kings and best they start realising it. They have a beuatiful saying in the Dutchman's langauge: Wie laaste lag, lag die lekkerste!!!

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-20 16:47

      Presies, dis hoe belaglik di snert storie is. anc-saru rugby, borg di queens met x miljoene,... dan kom di queens en breek al die reels en doen wat hulle wil om hul onwettige immigrante twak spannetjie deur te dra. Dan kom anc-saru en moan oordat di queens hul g@tte aan di anc-saru afvee en beboed hulle met x miljoene. Dan kom di queens en vra hul weer hul ouboet anc-saru, om hulle asseblief bietjie met x miljoene te ondersteun. Dan gee anc-saru weer al di x miljoene en nog, terug aan groot kots en sy sirkus?? en di hele dom sa gehoor klap hande vir di wonderbaarlike toertjie.....

      Johan Lensley - 2013-03-20 22:31

      Michael you knob, obviously you only look at the surface because you don't understand the intricate. NZ media is flooded with concerns over local NZ'ers opting not to play rugby because, at school level, the south-sea youngsters are filling more and more positions and the amount of south-sea players are rising. This has dramatically reduced the levels of local NZ players. Hence it has depleted NZ rugby and if the south-sea youngsters should oneday disappear, NZ rugby could be in dire straits! So tell the NZ media and supporters that they, like me, talk nonsense? They might still be (NZ and not Aus) nr1 in the world, but indiginous players are not all Maori's anymore but imports that NZ rugby are increasingly dependant upon? The same route the Kings want to travel on!

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-03-20 15:39

    Lol! Ag just kick them out already! They suck and are proving same every week. Only there through politics, don't deserve it and are an embarassment to SA Rugby.

      npretorius2 - 2013-03-20 16:58

      Its still early in the season. The kings have the power and motivation to cause quite a few upsets, thats why the bulls supporters hate them, and the Stormers and Sharks dont mind too much :) Go Kings! Make us proud! On a different not, Nelson Mandela Stadium filled to the brim is pretier than any other stadium in SA!

      Terence Wessels - 2013-03-21 08:19

      Sorry but I disagree. The Kings aren't taking anything, and won't even crack the top 12 if they get lucky.

  • joe.dewit.9 - 2013-03-20 16:21

    As SARU die Kings finansieel penaliseer, sal ek eerste wees om by te dra...

      npretorius2 - 2013-03-20 17:01

      Daar is 45000 mense n week in PE wat sal saam stem! Go Kings! They play good rugby and I love their exuberence and youthful motivation. They just needed a kickstart. Some people dont understand the power of promotion relegation games, it will keep the best teams good, and the weaker teams working harder to ensure a spot. In 5 years from now we will have the 5 strongest teams in the S15 becuase of that

      Matt Prinsloo - 2013-03-20 17:22

      Well said guys.

  • Berto Petra Mostert - 2013-03-20 17:04

    SANZAR is biased towards NZ cos NZ dishes out citizenship out left right and centre to Fidjians/Somoa etc after one year recidence in NZ! So we must follow and do the same. As long there is no uniformity amongst the 3 countries, everybody must do what they want!

  • - 2013-03-20 17:54

    GO KINGS !!!

  • abe.botha.5 - 2013-03-20 18:52

    SARU is nothing but a bunch of toothless wonders dictated to by Cheeky, Puke and their ANC gangster buddies. My only wish is for the Lions to boot them back to where you belong at the end of the season. Bunch of cheaters, just as corrupt as your buddies

      Gerrit Goosen - 2013-03-20 20:20

      Saru IS KLOMP DOSE

  • Abdul Gameet Fortune - 2013-03-20 20:15

    Julle moet julle skaam,al d Springbok supp om so teen d Kings te wees.Het julle vergeet dus n SA team.Ek neem aan julle gaan nie vir die Bokke skree as daar van die Kings moet opgeneem word in die Bok span nie.Julle is n bunch of idiots.Now how can we build this Nation?Julle is ongeletterd!!!!!!!

  • Bruce Chetty - 2013-03-20 20:25

    we beat the force with all local players. the kings will succeed and have proven themselves against the defending camps and runners up of last year. it is an ashame that kings inclusion is regarded as political, and ironic for that matter. why did saru not hold their promis from 2006 to include the kings. all i can say is that we are greatful that Cheeky has used every possible way to better Rugby in the EC. most of our players had nothing to play for in 1st dev cc yet now, a season later, they can put their hand up and say Mr. Meyer we are here aswell. the kings have brought hope and belief to players that would never have had the opportunity to player SR and stand a chance for bok selection. we are proud of cheeky, we proud of the kings. there is only one team. SOUTHERN KINGS!!!!

      Leon Young - 2013-03-21 05:27

      Well said bruce thank you I love the kings

  • Leon Young - 2013-03-21 04:53

    I love the kings they my kings my home team good luck for the rest of the season kings

  • Jess Cheung - 2013-03-21 05:12

    I think the two foreigner player maximum is to ensure that South Africa is providing opportunity to their own players instead of importing a team. Personally I think it is a great rule and am pretty proud of SARU for this ONE DECISION. That said, a suspension ...for fielding more is a bit drastic! At most, dock some points from the game that was played which in this case, there were none. Therefore at best, surely they only get a caution.

  • Werner Een Duim Nel - 2013-03-21 07:33

    Thank you SANZAR now we all now the rules. To all the kings supporters sanzar can't rule over saru's rules. Its funny when you think of it all the other sa teams lions included did know of this rule the whole time,so how stupid is the EP rugby. LION 4 LIFE

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-03-21 11:26

      The competition is run under the auspices of SANZAR and their rules take precedent.

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