SARU shuts the door on Kings

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:11
Large cheeky watson h s 630 Large paul perez kings run 630 Large cheeky watson presser 630 Large clint newland kings charge

The South African Rugby Union have effectively shut the door on the Southern Kings' drive to field more than two overseas players in their Super Rugby squad.

The South African Rugby Union have effectively shut the door on the Southern Kings' drive to field more than two overseas players in their Super Rugby squad.

The Eastern Cape franchise make their debut in Super Rugby next year and have embarked on a recruitment drive to ensure that they are competitive, so this ruling will come as a major blow.

The Port Elizabeth-based franchise asked SARU for special dispensation to be allowed more than two overseas players in their squad.

Kings boss Cheeky Watson told this website that they were hoping to sign up to six overseas players, but that was dismissed in an official statement from SARU following an Exco meeting on Friday.

The statement read: "The South African Rugby Union confirmed on Friday that the status quo remained unchanged regarding the number of overseas players permitted in South African Super Rugby squads.

"The present allowance of two is unchanged."

This means that with Kiwi prop Clint Newland and Samoan wing Paul Perez already on their books, the Kings will not be able to sign any more overseas players, despite the fact that they announced the signing of Pumas scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo and Blues utility back Hadleigh Parkes earlier this week.

Earlier the Kings unveiled Western Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis among their first batch of high-profile signings.

Kings President Cheeky Watson told a media briefing in Port Elizabeth that Catrakilis, Free State Cheetahs centre Andries Strauss and Sharks lock Steven Sykes have all signed two-year contracts with the Kings - effective on November 2012.

Watson told this website that they are looking to unveil their next batch of signings next week.

However, that might prove to be problematical now.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9