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Thu Apr 17 12:15:19 SAST 2014

Kings hope for six of the best

GEORGE BYRON | 25 September, 2012 07:152 Comments
Absa Currie Cup First Division: EP Kings v Griffons in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Cheeky Watson and the CEO of EP Rugby Anele Pamba after the Currie Cup first division match between Eastern Province Kings and Griffons at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on September 14, 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Image by: Michael Sheehan / Gallo Images

THE Southern Kings will be allowed six foreign players next year in their Super 15 debut, said a rugby insider.

Though only two foreign players are currently allowed, it is expected that the Kings' application for an exception will be approved by Sanzar next month.

The foreign players are likely to come from Argentina, but Kings president Cheeky Watson said he would reveal the names of three of five later this week.

The Kings said they had been unable to sign new European players because the window for transfers had been closed. Also, South African players under contract would only be available next May.

The Lions have also refused to lend players to the Kings for next year's Super 15.

The Kings play the Western Force in Port Elizabeth on February 23 in their opening match of the tournament.

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Cheeky Watson...what a plonker and a joke! Make all 15 overseas players...if you carry on like this they might give you the Super 15 trophy as well!!
Well it makes logical sense. Unlike ALL other franchises, the Kings have been given only 1 year to get up and running, thus destroying all possible plans to build from within. That requires time and security of playing rights, something they have not been granted. As for this childish argument of they don't deserve it, Super Rugby is a business full stop. There are no 'qualifying tournaments'. Whether there should be is a debate all on it's own, but I can't see it working as a business. To be in one year with sponsorships/new players etc, only to be out the next year potentially, I can't see that working. At the end of the day, Lion's fans really should be angry with their union and SARU. After all, that's where the decisions were made. Personally, I can't wait to see rugby again locally for the first time in years, even if it only lasts 1 year.