Kings excited about new playing frontiers

2017-07-12 06:02

THE Southern Kings will embrace the chance to explore new playing opportunities in view of the strategic SANZAAR decision to revamp the Vodacom Super Rugby competition, the franchise and SA Rugby announced on Friday.

The announcement was made just before a special general meeting of SA Rugby in Cape Town last week to confirm South Africa’s four participants in the competition formally in line with a SANZAAR decision to reduce the competition’s participants from 18 to 15 teams from next season.

The new structure will comprise four teams from South Africa, five from New Zealand, four from Australia and one each from Argentina and Japan. The Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks have been confirmed as South Africa’s four Vodacom Super Rugby competitors from next year, SA Rugby announced on Friday.

André Rademan, president of the EPRU, said, “It has been a roller coaster ride for the franchise for a number of seasons, but there is now a clear and viable way forward for rugby in the Eastern Cape to build on the foundations that have been laid – particularly in the past season.

“We have enjoyed Vodacom Super Rugby, but the chance to test ourselves against different opposition sides in different conditions is a mouth-watering one. We are, therefore, not opposed to joining new competitions. With all stakeholders pulling in the same direction, we can bring success and excitement to rugby in the Eastern Cape.”

  • The Kings will be playing their final home game in the Super Rugby series against the Toyota Cheetahs this Friday at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. – REPORTER

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