SA Rugby confirmed on Tuesday that the invitational rugby side that will face the British and Irish Lions in Port Elizabeth on June 16 will be known as the Southern Kings and no longer the SA Coastal XV.
Andre Homan said to fall in line with the launch of the new Eastern Cape Super franchise it has been decided to change the name of the side.
“The team will no longer be named the SA Coastal XV. We agreed on the Southern Kings. This fits in nicely with the launch of a new franchise,” he said.
Homan, however, was not prepared to be drawn into speculation about the coach for the match.
“We are all waiting in anticipation,” he said.
IOL reports that Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus, who hails from Despatch, as well as former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer have been linked to the job.
SA Rugby also indicated that the coach for the Super franchise will be announced in July to enable him to contract players for the 2010 season.
Although that is just around the corner, Homan remained mum when asked if he knows who are in the running.
Homan, however, said the side to play the Lions will not be announced this week as speculated.
“I’m sure Francois Davids and his co-selectors will wait till after the Vodacom Cup final. Right now it is still early days,” he said.Tweet