Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of South African rugby’s life as the ongoing Kings soap-opera-cum-debacle lurches towards yet another embarrassing back track. After weekend reports that Cheeky Watson and his merry band of New Zealanders had accepted a massive bribe to go away were quashed, SARU honcho Jurie Roux seems to have come up with yet another new strategy.
Let’s not forget, by the way, that this thing has been dragging on for months now, with each successive “big pow wow meeting” aimed at thrashing out the issue once and for all, cancelled or postponed indefinitely – usually at very short notice – in a clear indication that nobody at SARU has either the appetite or the cojones to actually solve this self-created problem. For those in need of a recap, the issue at heart is that the Kings were promised a 2013 Super Rugby spot earlier this year. SANZAR have since told South Africa that no, stupid,they’re not going to expand the competition to 16 teams next year, so it’s up to SARU to figure out which of the five current franchises will drop out.
The latest brainwave is to convene a meeting on August 16 (which I’m sure will be cancelled on August 14 if not later) in which the 14 provinces that control SA Rugby (don’t get me started about allowing important decisions to be made by those great business leaders who run the Griffons and the Valke) will be asked to vote on the fate of the Kings.
According to Die Burger, who as always have been “reliably informed” by an “impeccable source” (ja, whatever), the choices on the table will be something like this:
1. Kings play, Lions don’t
2. Lions move to PE and pretend to be the Kings
3. Lions and Cheetahs merge to once-more form the Cats, Kings get the spare spot
4. Lions play, Kings don’t
Interesting, no? I guess we’re in for a bit of a treat as ultimate Survivor Cheeky Watson moves into “Boston Rob” mode and works furiously to woo the notoriously fickle union presidents with the usual offerings of big lunches and fancy wines. I guess Kevin de Klerk and his crew will do the same and it will no doubt come down to the wire in a tense vote. Let’s just hope that come 16 August we can finally get a decision on this drawn-out mess that is creating major uncertainty for so many players across both teams. Time for the SARU tribe to speak and pick which torch to extinguish.Tweet