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Kings ready to ‘rule’ Super Rugby

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 21 May 2009 at 11:25
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The Southern Kings, the new South African franchise, is ready to launch their bid to become the 15th team in Super Rugby.

Rugby 365 reports that Eastern Province Rugby Union supremo Cheeky Watson, one of the key figures in the new franchise, said the decision to expanded Super Rugby to a 15-team competition has opened the door for the Kings to join the world’s toughest provincial competition.

Watson confirmed that the Kings, which will be formally launched with a match against the British and Irish Lions in Port Elizabeth on June 16, will make a formal bid for inclusion in the SANZAR competition.

The 15th team will be decided through a tender process.

“We do not know when we will be able to start the tender process, because we are still waiting on SANZAR,” Watson told the Port Elizabeth-based Herald newspaper.

“However, we are very excited about this decision, because it will benefit us in the long run,” he said.

If the Southern Kings won the bid, Port Elizabeth will be the headquarters.

The expansion plans were formally released on Tuesday, following weeks of media speculation about the new Super Rugby format.

The competition will be expanded to 15 teams from 2011 and feature more local derbies, under a compromise plan unveiled by the South African, New Zealand and Australian rugby boards.

The competition has been expanded from 14 to 24 weeks, starting in late February and ending in August.

The future of the SANZAR alliance had been under threat, with the three countries divided about details such as the length and format of the new competition, before brokering a deal at a meeting in Dublin last week.

Under the agreed proposal, which still has to be approved by broadcasters next month, the 15 teams will be split into three Conferences, one in each country.

Each of those sides will play the teams in their own Conference twice a season, home and away, to increase the number of local derby matches. They will also play eight of the other 10 teams from the other two Conferences once, either at home or away.

The three Conference winners will qualify for the finals, along with three wild cards, which will comprise other teams with the highest points for the whole season from any of the conferences.

The top two teams, on standings points, go automatically into the semifinals, with the other four teams playing in a preliminary knockout round and the two winners from that joining the top two in the semifinals.

The new 24-week season will also include a three-week break in June to allow for mid-year internationals.

The Tri-Nations, which normally starts in July, will now commence at the end of the Super 15, in early August, and will follow a permanent pattern.

South Africa will stage the first leg of the series, while New Zealand and Australia will meet in the last two matches so the Springbok players are available for the domestic Currie Cup – one of the major talking points in the negotiations.


  • If the Southern Kings won the bid, Port Elizabeth will be the headquarters.

    I thought they would be Aus based? Or is that a “slip of the tongue” by Cheeky letting us know that if the Kings make the S15 it will not be THEM from SA that is based in Aus?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.05.09 11:58:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Who would be daft enough to move an entire team to SA? Can they take the stadium with too? wtf? Its got to go to an aussie team

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.05.09 12:05:28 by Rahul Reply
  • Kings ready to rule Super Rugby



    picks himself up off the floor…
    winds down to a chuckle….


  • Comment 3, posted at 21.05.09 12:17:57 by klempie Reply
  • 24 WEEKS???? Flip I had no idea!!! Are they flippin kidding me? 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.05.09 12:22:29 by klempie Reply
  • Here’s a question. Are any of you likely to give a damn about what happens in the other 2 conferences? I personally might watch only the last round of the conference stage just to see who we’re playing in the next round.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.05.09 12:25:18 by klempie Reply
  • 24 WEEKS???? Really I had no idea!!! Are they frigging kidding me?

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.05.09 12:25:32 by Rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    I understood that it will definatly be based in Australia.
    Im sure Cheeky and all concerned must know that the 15th team is going to Australia or so everyone says.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.05.09 12:26:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 4) :

    there you go… i fixed it for you… 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.05.09 12:26:46 by wpw Reply
  • Could they call the SA Conference the Currie Cup and give the winner some old trophy that has been around over 100 odd years?

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.05.09 12:28:53 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 6) : Great minds! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.05.09 12:29:18 by klempie Reply

  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) : That would make too much sense. 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.05.09 12:29:51 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 10) : oh you just copied and edited… 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.05.09 12:30:58 by klempie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 8) : 👿

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.05.09 12:31:27 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 10) : I was ‘correcting’ your spelling mistakes 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.05.09 12:34:14 by Rahul Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 13) :

    Howzit klempie ‘Ol buddy ‘ol pal???

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.05.09 12:35:36 by wpw Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 12) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.05.09 12:39:49 by Rahul Reply

  • What a spectacular waste of time, effort and money.

    If Cheeky or anybody else in SA thinks Oz will not be getting the 15th team then they’re deluded.

    This whole SANZAR negotiation was designed to get Oz another team in Melbourne and for no other reason.

    If JON could bulldoze NZRU and SARU into redesigning an entire tournament do you really think he’ll be pushed around by a bunch of incompetents in the Eastern Cape?
    Even after a high court judge ruled in their favour the EC boys still werent able to get the Spears thing off the ground.

    One helluva lot of hot air in the EC and very little to back it up.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.05.09 12:55:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : hoe lyk’t ou perel? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.05.09 13:21:33 by klempie Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : couldna put it better

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.05.09 14:36:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : I wonder if the [email protected] even realises that they will be based in Oz not PE,

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.05.09 15:03:23 by Whindy Reply
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  • Like son, like father… 🙄

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.05.09 15:07:12 by klempie Reply

  • Move the Bulls to Australia 👿 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.05.09 15:15:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 20) :
    The way I read it is that the 15th team may be based anywhere but will play in the AUS conference.
    Therefore the Kings they will play the 4 AUS teams home and away. The rest of their games will be against 4 NZ teams and the other 4 SA teams.
    The AUS teams will have to make 3 week tours to SA whilst the NZ teams will only have 2 week tours.
    Likewise the Kings will have to make 6-week tours to AUS and NZ against the 4-week tours of the other SA teams.
    Whilst the SA and NZ markets will have 20 derby matches the AUS market will have only 12.

    The scenario is thus highly unlikely.

    It may be that SARU was very clever because they will blame the Aussies if the EC is left out.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.05.09 16:07:38 by fyndraai Reply
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  • I just cant see how the so called Super Kings can be based in SA but play in the Aus conferance, money wise thats going to be a disaster. Luke has his head in his father’s arse the same depth as Cheeky has is head up his father’s arse.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.05.09 16:16:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 5) :

    Good point, I will have little to no interest in the conference portion of the Aus and NZ sections.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.05.09 17:21:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : it may not be of to much interest, but how are u going to make picks based on performance ❓

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.05.09 17:38:25 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) :

    Will look at previous results.

    But that is just another thing that will have waining interest becasue of to much rugby.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.05.09 21:10:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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