Southern Kings

  • Kings And Cheetahs About To Look North?

    The fate of the two South African Super Rugby franchises earmarked to be ejected from next year’s competition, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will be confirmed tomorrow (Friday 7th July) by a meeting of the SA Rugby council. What may also become clearer is whether the two are likely to switch focus and compete in the PRO12 league about to start this September. Reports suggest that PRO12 administrators would welcome the addition of the teams on conditions including a minimum guaranteed paymen...

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  • Disappointing Crowds In Philadelphia And Port Elizabeth

    ... Philadelphia filling only 6,271 of the 18,500 available seats. A similar, competitive AP fixture between London Irish and Saracens had attracted to almost 15,000 to Red Bull Arena in New York in 2016. Leinster travelled to Port Elizabeth to play PRO14 newcomers Southern Kings. The game generated an official attendance of 3,011, but those present reported that the actual numbers seemed much less. The same stadium contained 22,000 fans when the Sharks were hosted earlier in the year. A Premiershi...

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  • PRO14 Officially Announced

    Celtic Rugby and the South African Rugby Union have confirmed that the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will join an expanded Guinness PRO14 tournament in time for the upcoming 2017/18 season. A long-term strategic agreement has been signed by both parties which will allow the participation of two South African franchises in the renamed Guinness PRO14 Championship. An official announcement from the league trumpeted the agreement as “the first phase of expansion as the Guinness PRO14 beco...

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  • Cheetahs Invited To Join PRO12?

    The South African Super rugby union outfit, Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein have denied a BBC report last week that they have been officially invited to join the Pro12 next year although they have not denied discussions with the league. With SANZAAR cutting Super Rugby from 18 teams to 15 in 2018, the Cheetahs and the Kings have emerged as the favourites to lose their status. According to a report published on the BBC website last week, the Cheetahs have already been invited to take part in the...

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  • SARU Takes Over Cash-Strapped Eastern Province

    ... Province and will do everything to help them bet back on their feet.” Watson said that the decision had been confirmed in consultation with EP and that he and his union would fully co-operate with SA Rugby. “I invited SA Rugby in to assist with the Southern Kings and have done so with EP,” said Puke Watson’s daddy. “We will do everything in our power to assist in SA Rugby in their work.” Francois Davids, a member of the SA Rugby Executive Council and a former president of Boland, ha...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    ... in Perth or the Melbourne Rebels. What at first was thought likely to be a quick decision is seeming more complicated by the day as pressure mounts from stakeholders. The Super Rugby competition expanded to 18 teams only last year, when South Africa's Southern Kings, Argentina's Jaguares and Japan's Sunwolves joined. The 15 remaining sides will again be split into three conferences, down from four, with Sunwolves moving into the Australia conference, while Jaguares will play in a South Africa c...

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  • Super Rugby And Unions Under Pressure To Change

    ... hovering over three Super Rugby franchises in the Southern hemisphere as SANZAAR officials restructure the league for 2018. It is widely thought the eighteen-team competition will be reduced to fifteen in 2018 with South Africa losing two sides (probably Southern Kings, Cheetahs or Lions) and Australia losing one (from Rebels, Force or Brumbies). While a decision isn’t expected until next week at the earliest, protests in Australia have already started in an attempt to keep all five teams in...

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  • Super Rugby Expansion Plans On The Horizon

    ... other Australian sides) in a 15-game regular season but would strengthen their Anzac ties by increasing their four matches against New Zealand sides to five. Significant changes would be made in South Africa with their six teams, including the recalled Southern Kings, put in two pools with a new Argentine team and a final side, which the ARU hopes will be based in the Asian market. Those two four-team conferences, including an overseas expansion team in each, will only face one of the two Aust...

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  • North And South Seasons To Align

    The long-running debate over the global rugby union season – co-ordinating club and international games in the northern and Southern hemispheres – seems closer to a World Rugby consensus. The BBC has reported that rugby administrators worldwide are nearing an agreement on a new rugby union calendar, which will come into effect after the World Cup in 2019. The talks had reached an impasse up to this point. Under the common interest of player welfare, the summer tours are set to be scrapped af...

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  • World Rugby Wants New Japan 2019 Plan By End Of September

    ... expansion to Japan scheduled for next year is under threat because of slow progress in recruiting players and a coach for a competitive team, the Sydney's Daily Telegraph has reported. Japan are set to join an Argentina franchise and South African side the Southern Kings in making it an 18-team competition but contingency plans have been drawn up that involve running a 17-team format without Japan or going to 16 teams with just the Argentina side, which is well progressed with recruitment and...

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