It's official: Kings must use 'locals'

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:29
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It is official! SARU confirmed on Monday that the Kings will not be allowed more than the regulation two foreign players.

It is official! The South African Rugby Union confirmed on Monday that the Southern Kings will not be allowed more than the regulation two foreign players in their debut year in Super Rugby.

The Kings, after SARU rejected their initial request for special dispensation regarding the number of imports, proceeded to sign additional foreigners.

Kenyan forward Daniel Adongo, New Zealand utility back Hadleigh Parkes, French hooker Virgil Lacombe, along with Argentinean players Nicolas Vergallo and Tomas Leonardi were all signed by the Kings and have been training with the expectation of playing Super Rugby when the competition kicks off next month.

However, SARU, at a meeting last Friday, decided that the status quo remains.

"A request from the Kings was discussed," SARU CEO Jurie Roux told this website on Monday.

"It was decided that any exception would be in conflict with the principle behind the creation of the Kings, which was of providing Super Rugby playing opportunities for players from the region.

"Any change would also have been prejudicial to South Africa's other franchises, who may also have wished to sign additional non-South African qualified players."

This means three of the Kings' imports would find themselves surplus to requirements.

Kings President Cheeky Watson, who said they "will accept and abide by the decision", revealed that they will not send any of their foreigners packing.

"We will not be releasing any of our foreign players, as there are still ample opportunities within our structures for them to contribute," Watson said in a statement.

Despite Roux's confirmation - to this website on Monday - Watson said the Southern Kings have not received any official confirmation from SARU on this matter.

"If this is the case, we will accept and abide by the decision of SARU," he said in a statement, adding: "We know that the region has never been fed with a silver spoon, and have no reason to expect any different going into our debut Super Rugby Season.

"The path for this region to get a Super Rugby franchise has been fraught with challenges, and yet, despite all the odds, we have overcome them and Super Rugby is a reality, with our first game against Western Force less than a month away.

"We accept that this opportunity comes from a loaded deck of cards, but the bigger the challenge, the bigger the task, the bigger the team and the overall success."

By Jan de Koning

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New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19