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Date set for SE Cape team

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 13 Jan 2009 at 15:00
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A new rugby franchise for the South Eastern Cape will be launched in June with the goal of eventually appearing in Super Rugby, SA Rugby announced on Tuesday.

SAPA reports that the new initiative is a joint venture between the Eastern Province and Border Rugby Unions in consultation and with the backing of the South African Rugby Union. The process to establish the franchise was decided at a meeting in Johannesburg on Monday night.

The new franchise will be launched in Port Elizabeth on June 16/17 to coincide with the presence of the British & Irish Lions in the city for a match against a Coastal XV. The date of the match against the Lions is expected to be confirmed shortly.

The meeting was chaired by Mark Alexander, the deputy president of SARU, and attended by Cheeky Watson, the president of Eastern Province, SARU president Oregan Hoskins, SARU vice-president Rautie Rautenbach and Andy Marinos, acting managing director of SA Rugby.

“It was an extremely positive meeting and there was broad agreement on the way forward,” said Alexander. “All parties see the proper placing and establishment of sound structures as a key priority to ensure the success of the South Eastern Cape franchise.

“All stakeholders will be consulted fully with a view to the franchise eventually being established in the Super Rugby structures. The meeting acknowledged that the establishment of the franchise is a process that needs careful preparation and a thorough business plan to ensure its future success.”

Alexander said that the name of the team would be revealed in due course but confirmed that the franchise would not be known as the Southern Spears. He also said that it was premature to discuss possible appointments before planning and preparation had properly begun.

“There is a desperate hunger for top-flight rugby in the South Eastern Cape and this is the first step to satisfying it,” said Watson. “There is much work to be done but the region has the resources and the capacity to deliver.”


  • How will it work. Will this team no be playing instead of Border/EP?

    How will they qualify for the S14?

    Who’s paying for all this?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.01.09 15:34:13 by McLovin Reply
  • Still cant understand where SWD Arende figure in all of this. If you crack down on schoolboy level they sure have the talent in that 3 provinces but thats where it all end. Also reading Heyneke Meyer maybe to play a role here. He’d be the perfect coach to get a good structure going there but cant see him and Cheeky Puke working together at all. 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.01.09 15:44:22 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 2) : SWD apparently decided they want NOTHING to do with this lot anymore.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.01.09 15:57:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I remain very sceptical about this whole business.

    If EP/Border can’t make things work on their own, I fail to see how putting them together’s going to change anything.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.01.09 15:59:35 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Pretty sad. They have the best team at 2008 Craven Week and myself know Kwaggas (Outeniqua) & Oakdale are a top rugby schools. Also rumours at Paarl Gim that one of their adj schoolmasters and a top schoolboy rugby coach apply for their schoolmaster job.

    Anyway they can have everything but Cheeky will fluff it. He’ll just want this EP job to get his foot in SA Rugby just to start a new political interverence in our rugby. Pretty sad.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.01.09 16:02:18 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 5) : I hope you’re wrong, but I don’t really believe you are…

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.09 16:03:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :
    Dont know broer but if they can set up a good academy and get a good structure going it will be the perfect place for rugby. Add the amount of black players and you have a platform others can dream about.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.09 16:04:38 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    S14 is set to expand in 2011 So there will be an extra SA team involved and it I believe.

    it will also be the death of the CC, because the S14 will then run until about July or something. 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.01.09 16:05:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : He have already chuck out a rugby legend like Danie Gerber. That kind of x player knowledge you dont get everywhere.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.01.09 16:06:44 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : Forgot about that….

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.01.09 16:11:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 7) : True, but why hasn’t it been done long ago?

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.01.09 16:12:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :
    Dont know. You got me on that one.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.01.09 16:20:13 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) : I sincerely hope they make a success of it, but at this stage I’m not holding my breath.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.01.09 16:23:54 by McLovin Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 9) : OH JA!!!!And Danie was going about getting ex players to put money in…oh wait,that musta been his problem.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.01.09 16:44:23 by PJLD Reply
  • Good luck to them.

    I’m not blown away by the concept, but can they do worse then the Lions have for the last few years?

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.01.09 16:55:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) :

    Well they could not beat a LIONS 2nd string side…actually the LIONS second string side beat them by 29 – 15 scoring 5 try’s and only converting 2 and missing all other kicks including 2 penalties…vs teh Spears 1 try and all kicks (conv and 2 pen) slotted…

    That same LIONS side went on to end 2nd last in the S14…so the question to your answer I guess is yes…they will…unfortunately…

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.01.09 17:24:25 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 16) :

    Hey Hmmm. Go check out the Just rugby thread. 😉 your thoughts please?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.01.09 17:27:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 16) :
    Thanks for questioning my answer. 😉

    However, you cant read too much into a game played against a make-shift team. The Spears team that will be selected will presumably have more players to select on, a permanent coach etc.

    The Lions have always been one the teams I supported, but facts cannot be avoided – might well be time to give a new, hungry team a chance – at least they might learn from their failures.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.01.09 17:35:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Heard on the radio this morning that the Southern Cape franchise will be formed from EP and Border and no SWD. I really can’t see the point to all this. The Sharks CC ‘C’ team gave EP a 70 pointer back in ’07. Nevermind, at least the Lions and Cheetahs won’t have to worry about finishing bottom of the log next year. 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.01.09 08:02:46 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 19) :

    Okay it won’t be next year it will be the year after. 😉

    BUT I think there will be enough of a cash incentive (who knows where from) for the SEC team to lure enough players to form a side decent enough to not just be the whipping boys of the Super1000 Rugby tournament.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.01.09 08:21:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Well. There is already talk that if Heyneke takes the job he will try and lure some players away from the Bulls but personally I don’t know where they’re going to find the moeny for that and a few big names aren’t going to make a team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.01.09 09:04:08 by klempie Reply


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