If reports by 5FM morning’s sports presenter, Sias Du Plessis and SArugbymag website are correct then it looks like the Kings players have all but given up on retaining a place in the 2014 Super Rugby competition and are starting jump ship. This even before the 2nd and final play-off match gets underway.
After hearing the breakfast show sports report on my 2 hour drive to work this morning (it normally takes 45min but that’s a whole other article) I logged onto the SaRugbymag website to see if I could get confirmation of the players apparently leaving.
According to the article Springbok centre Waylon Murray, loose forward Jacques Engelbrecht, lock David Bullbring and hooker Bandise Maku have signed for the Bulls, who are trying to rebuild after eight of their stars departed at the end of the Super Rugby season, to peruse lucrative deals in Europe and Japan.
However the Bulls are currently denying that and deals have been penned at the moment.
If the reports ring true, then this will be the 2nd blow to the Kings, who this week lost their director of rugby, Alan Solomons, to Scottish side Edinburgh. The Kings lost their home leg of the promotion-relegation match to the Lions 26-19 last week Friday and must win Saturday’s return fixture by at least eight points or with a four-try bonus point to retain their Super Rugby status.
It has also been reported the Lions coach will stay on as head coach should the Lion qualify for next year’s Super Rugby competition. Ackermann contract is due to expire at the end of the season, is apparently desperate to coach in Super rugby and is therefore likely to extend his contact should the Lions win on Saturday.Tweet