First Zeelim Nel tells us in the weekend Argus that the Kings have accepted a R40 mil bribe to stay out of the S15 till 2016, then the Kings come out on their twitter page and pooh pooh the idea. Who’s telling the truth, who’s lying, who’s leaking this rubbish, and when will SARU just tell us once and for all what is happening?
First we have
Cape Town – The Southern Kings have accepted a multi-million rand offer from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to postpone their inclusion in the Super Rugby competition.
The Weekend Argus reports that the Kings agreed to delay their Super Rugby entry until 2016 in exchange for R40m and Currie Cup Premier Division status from next year.
This comes after SARU earlier this year announced that the Kings would play Super Rugby in 2013. SARU was hoping to convince SANZAR to extend the competition to 16 teams in the hope of having six South African teams, but SANZAR made it clear the competition will remain with 15 teams for at least the next few years.
SARU is now hoping that by 2016 a negotiation could be reached to expand the competition to 16 teams.
The Kings apparently accepted the multi-million rand deal because they weren’t successful in luring enough top-flight players to the franchise for next year.
This news will be welcomed by rugby fans in Johannesburg as the Lions – who was the last-placed SA team in Super Rugby this year – were likely to be relegated at the expense of the Eastern Cape franchise.
Then we get
The Southern Kings have rubbished reports that they have accepted R40m from the South African Rugby Union that delays their Super Rugby entry.
The Weekend Argus revealed on Sunday that the Southern Kings will have to wait until 2016 before joining the competition and that they took the deal due to the fact they had failed to sign a sufficient number of top players to compete next season.
However in response to the story, the Kings posted a denial on their official Twitter page.
“The story going around we’ve taken money to stay out of Super Rugby in 2013 is NOT TRUE! We will be playing Super Rugby in 2013,” it read.
The report from the Argus stated that the Kings would play in the Currie Cup Premier Division as from 2013 while SARU looks to sway SANZAR to turn the competition into a sixteen-team format. If one is to believe the report, the Lions will stay in Super Rugby for at least three more campaigns.
The Tweet -
“The reported article in the Argus of the negotiated R40m comes as an absolute surprise to the Executive of EPRU Union” – Cheeky Watson