Cheeky says they will accept SARFU ruling re fooreign players
January 28, 2013, 08:42:41
Good on ou Cheeky. Ex keo
Cheeky Watson says the Kings will accept Saru’s decision on their Super Rugby foreign player allowance as the region has been ‘fraught with challenges’.
This was in response to an article in the Rapport newspaper on Sunday suggesting that the Kings’ request to allow them more than two foreign players in Super Rugby has been rejected by Saru. The decision was reportedly made at a meeting on Friday, with an official announcement expected on Monday.
The EPRFU president gave the following statement to Rugby15:
‘The Southern Kings have not received any official confirmation from SA Rugby [Saru] on this matter as yet, but we have no reason to disbelieve the report.
‘If this is the case, we will accept and abide by the decision of SA Rugby. 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. (Oh boy these oaks think they got their spot on their own mewrits. Amzing how deluded on can get)
‘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. (Just listen to this! )
‘We will not be releasing any of our foreign players, however, as there are still ample opportunities within our structures for them to contribute.’
The Kings begin their Super Rugby tournament against the Force in Port Elizabeth on 23 February.
Kings Super Rugby squad:
Forwards: Boetie Britz, Rynier Bernardo, David Bullbring, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jaco Engels, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Geldenhuys, Lizo Gqoboka, Virgil Lacombe, Tomas Leonardi, Bandise Maku, Edgar Marutlulle, Mpho Mbiyozo, Darron Nell, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Steven Sykes, Wimpie van der Walt, Luke Watson (captain)
Backs: Demetri Catrakilis, Ronnie Cooke, Wesley Dunlop, Siyanda Grey, Johan Herbst, Michael Killian, SP Marais, Scott Mathie, Waylon Murray, Hadleigh Parkes, Sergeal Petersen, Marcello Sampson, Shakes Soyizwapi, Wayne Stevens, Andries Strauss, Elrich van Vuuren, Shaun Venter, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead