The possibility of eight teams playing in next year’s Currie Cup Premier Division still exists, a report indicates.
After the proposal to expand the Currie Cup to eight teams in 2014 was withdrawn before being put to vote at a SARU Special General Council Meeting last Friday, it appeared as though the current status quo of six teams in the top flight will remain for next season.
However, a new proposal is reportedly being discussed by all the unions, which could see eight teams in the top flight next year.
According to this proposal the EP Kings would gain automatic promotion to the Premier Division, while Griquas – who were relegated by the Pumas – would have to fight it out for the remaining spot with the other smaller unions.
The EP Kings could get a free ride to the top, on the condition that they agree to not play the promotion-relegation match against the lowest-ranked South African Super Rugby side next year.
This would see the remaining teams – Griquas, Falcons, Griffons, SWD, Boland, Leopards and Border – fight it out for the final spot in the top division.
The smaller unions are apparently in favour of Griquas not gaining automatic promotion and also want a shot at the big time. This qualification competition could then take place after next year’s Vodacom Cup competition.
The report further indicates that the EP Kings would only be assured of a place in the Currie Cup Premier Division for 2014, with the bottom two teams in next year’s event again playing to qualify for the 2015 edition with the First Division teams.