New SA ‘Super’ team in limbo over membership

The Southwestern Districts Rugby Union should know their Super 14 fate on Wednesday evening at a meeting of the South African Rugby Union in Cape Town.

This follows an earlier meeting in Johannesburg where Eastern Province and Border became the new partners of a franchise that will be launched on June 16 and 17 as part of the British Lions’ match against a SA Coastal side in Port Elizabeth.

At this stage the Eagles seems to be in the wilderness.

SWD boss Stag Cronje would not be drawn into speculation about his side’s future. “The issue is very sensitive and will be discussed on Wednesday evening.

“For us in the Southern Cape it is a sore point, but I don’t want to comment until after the meeting,” he said bluntly.

At the same time new EP president Cheeky Watson said he was told that it was SWD’s own decision to break away from the Southern Spears “to rather play under Western Province”.

Watson told the Kaapse Son newspaper it will not be a positive step if SWD decide to return to the franchise.

“I know the issue is on Wednesday’s agenda, but I will for sure not support a return to the Eastern Cape.”

“Geographically it will also be better if they join somebody else,” Watson was quoted as saying.

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