Confusion over Maku's Kings move
The Southern Kings seem to have jumped the gun in announcing the recruitment of hooker Bandise Maku from the Lions for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
The Port Elizabeth-based outfit announced they had signed Maku, Toulouse and Argentinean scrum-half Nicolas Vergallo as well as Blues utility back Hadleigh Parkes. But there is plenty of confusion over Maku's signature.
The Lions revealed that they have not been contacted by the Kings to loan any players and Maku has denied on Twitter that he has signed for the Kings.
"No final decision has yet been made on my future," tweeted the former Springbok.
"You guys will be amongst the first to know what I decide."
Lions acting CEO Ruben Moggee confirmed that they have not negotiated with the Kings about any of their players.
"Initially there was an emotional response and we were reluctant to say we would release players to the Kings," he told Supersport.
"They banked on the principle that there would be a whole host of Lions players available.
"If we get a specific approach from a player to go to the Kings, we will need to consider it.
"We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, why would we, for instance, loan a player to the Cheetahs and not the Kings?
"I can state to you publicly that neither Cheeky Watson nor any of his members have approached us to loan players and we've never denied any players to them."