It's official: Leopards set to replace Kings

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:51
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NEWS: It has been formally proposed that the Leopards replace the Eastern Province Kings in South Africa's premier domestic competition, the Currie Cup.

SA Rugby revealed on Monday that the Kings' Currie Cup status will be confirmed on Tuesday.

The Kings - who are facing bankruptcy - will be relegated to the First Division, if a proposal by SA Rugby is approved by members of the General Council.
 
The proposal has been circulated to the 13 provincial unions.

They have until close of business on Tuesday to provide their response.
 
If it is approved the Leopards - who finished fourth in the qualifying competition - will replace the EP Kings and join the other qualifiers (Griquas, Boland and the Pumas) in the Currie Cup Premier Division this season.
 
The Kings would join the Griffons, South Western Districts, Border, Falcons and Welwitschias in the First Division.
 
"We realise the situation is not ideal, but unfortunately we had little other option than to make this proposal," said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
 
"The Currie Cup remains a massively important part of the local rugby landscape and the solution for this year is the best for the competition while allowing the EP Kings to continue their participation."
 
The change - if approved - would mean the Currie Cup Premier Division would be contested by the defending champion Golden Lions, Western Province, Blue Bulls, Sharks, Free State Cheetahs, Griquas, Boland, the Pumas and the Leopards.
 
SA Rugby confirmed that following the Lions' qualification for the Super Rugby Final on Saturday - where they will play the Hurricanes in Wellington, New Zealand - their provisional Currie Cup schedule has been revised and the Golden Lions will have a bye this weekend.
 
Confirmed Currie Cup fixtures for this week:

Friday, August 5
Blue Bulls v Western Province - Pretoria (Kick-off: 17.10)
Pumas v Sharks - Nelspruit (Kick-off: 19.20)

Saturday, August 6
Boland v Free State Cheetahs - Wellington (14.00)

The Griquas v Leopards match is provisionally scheduled for Friday in Kimberley.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
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Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
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Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
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Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Argentina v New Zealand 17h10 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 7 7 0 0 34
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Sharks 7 5 0 2 25
Western Province 7 4 0 3 23
Golden Lions 7 4 0 3 22
Griquas 7 4 0 3 20
Boland 7 2 0 5 9
Pumas 7 0 0 7 5
EP Kings 7 0 0 7 1