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Currie Cup expansion gets red light


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 Oct 2013 at 09:25
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The EP Kings will face another year of First Division Currie Cup rugby in 2014, with SARU’s General Council yesterday voting against expansion of the Premier Division.

Under the proposal put forward, both the Kings and the Pumas would gain automatic entry to an expanded 8-team Premier Division next year; the quid pro quo from a Kings point of view would be to give up their right to a Super Rugby promotion-relegation battle against the bottom-placed South African franchise team. The thinking here was that entrenchment in the top flight of Currie Cup would provide the Kings an adequate base from which to contract players, build structures and ultimately prepare for their Super Rugby re-introduction in the 2016 season (when the competition expands).

With the Kings prepared to accept two more years without Super Rugby, the arrangement would have provided a fair deal of stability to the Golden Lions too, who would have had two years of guaranteed Super Rugby participation ahead of the 2016 competition expansion, in which they will presumably be entrenched anyway.

The General Council, however, failed to pass the Currie Cup expansion motion with the required 75% majority, as only 10 of 19 possible votes went in favour. Once again, the slew of small and insignificant unions comprising the tail that wags SARU’s dog have voted purely to preserve their own interests, with no thought for any bigger picture. We saw this year that Super Rugby exclusion is a virtual death knell for any side, with the Lions losing half of their squad as the result of just one year out of the competition. Kings players began to jump ship in their droves as well as soon as the final whistle blew after the relegation match at Ellis Park; few will remember that the Kings actually won that match, but any Lions fans trumpeting this decision as a triumph for their own union would do well not to forget just how close they came to another year in the wilderness.

This decision, once again, is a triumph for the small-minded.



22 Comments

  • Rob why do you sound so sad?

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.10.13 09:31:26 by Uli Reply
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  • Why were they allowed to vote anyway, they have no affect on the Premier Division

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.10.13 09:39:44 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • I completely agree with you Rob! The Pumas have shown this season that they are ready for the step up to the premier division, and it would also help grow the sport down here in the Lowveld. This one season in and one season out system doesn’t work at all. Teams loose players and sponsors by the bucket loads and never get the chance to grow properly. This is a pure case “stick it to the man” by the unions that voted against it.

    I have seen first hand how much passion there is for the sport down here in Nelspruit and now I can only hope that the Pumas win their promotion relegation matches.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.10.13 09:46:18 by G West Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 2) : Agreed! I would have thought that it would be the current Six premier division unions voting for the expansion, since it will affect their season and sponsors more.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.10.13 09:48:19 by G West Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 4) : I think all that this proved – once again – is that SARU’s governance structure is not fit for purpose.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.10.13 10:05:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m in two minds about this, it would have been highly beneficial to both the Pumas and the Kings (but the Kings especially) to be involved in the Premier Division. Other side of the coin is we’ve seen how expanded competitions increase injuries as well as player and viewer fatigue.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.10.13 10:10:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : there isn’t room in the calendar for the Currie Cup to become any longer. They’d need to change the format without increasing the duration, so not much change there.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.10.13 10:17:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I see. In other words teams wouldn’t necessarily have both a home and away fixture against every other team. I have no issue with that.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.10.13 10:21:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : that’s apparently what was mooted. But it’s of no importance now anyway.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.10.13 10:26:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 4) : it just shows they have no interest in their player aswell, Border and SWD players could have played for Kings, within 2 seasons Griquas will be down the middle of the 1st div log with no players and no sponsors if they lose to Pumas, just look at Griffons Boland Leopards

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.10.13 10:32:36 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Sorry to say but can’t see Pumas or Kings beating GW to get in Premier Div. If they get to play in Premier Div they could become competitave again.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.10.13 10:43:11 by JD Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 3) : but i hope for your sake Pumas get promoted, they played well the entire season, deserve a chance at Prem Div, and getting to watch some good live rugby on a sat ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.10.13 10:44:23 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Sad part is that it was SWD and Border, for example, that voted against the Kings.

    So short-sighted.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.10.13 17:46:25 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : Don’t bank on it, Pumas just lost both coach and assistant coach for next season.

    Pumas on the other hand seems to be on a mission, and 1st division rugby is merely a stepping stone.

    I like the Pumas, a nothing team able to fight for promotion to premier league, then survive forced relegation to once again be in a position to enter premier division.

    The perfect underdog story.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.10.13 19:02:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • “Once again, the slew of small and insignificant unions comprising the tail that wags SARU’s dog have voted purely to preserve their own interests,”

    @VinChainSaw (Comment 13) : “Sad part is that it was SWD and Border, for example, that voted against the Kings.

    So short-sighted.”

    Where can one find how the unions voted? It does not make any sense to me that the smaller unions would vote against this – surely their ultimate aim would also be to get into the top tier of domestic rugby and the easiest way to do that would be if that tier contained more teams.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.10.13 08:38:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : Ok I found it on another site, hope its right…its seems as if Boland, Border, SWD, Leopards and Falcons voted against the expansion….but why unless that new system would entrench those sides in the premier division and offer the nay sayers no chance of gaining promotion to the main table.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.10.13 08:53:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : you mean Griquas lost their coaches?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.10.13 09:17:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) :

    i think the Kings partners are saying “What makes EP so special ?”

    Why should EP be promoted and not any of the other unions ?

    The kings knew before the start of this season what needed to be done to qualify for the Premier Division . they did not achieve this . Sadly this is the way the world works . thank you for coming . please try again next year .

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.10.13 10:54:29 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 18) : they competed for 5 rounds of the 1st division with a 2nd string team. Surely even your most blinkered Lions-entitlement thinking cannot deny that they were hamstrung by that?

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.10.13 11:02:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    i dont know man . im thinking as this as a real world scenario . It seems as if it is the same thing for me to demand that the CEO of the company hands over his car to me right away .

    im not attacking the Kings . im attacking the way the Kings want to do things . Instead of working for what they want and earning it they demand it .

    Also would the Kings not have known before hand that the 1st div games will over lap with Super rugby games ? Would it not then have made more sense to first get into the premier division before going after super rugby ?

    I for one am glad the Kings did not give up the rights to play super rugby Promotion Relegation next year . The Lions will need to make sure they dont finish last

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.10.13 11:20:40 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 20) : mate, having watched your team in Currie Cup this year, I’m afraid there’s very little doubt that you’ll finish last.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.10.13 11:33:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    fair enough .

    But are you sending me your car ? :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.10.13 11:36:35 by Zibbie Reply
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