Watson: Who Kings replace is not our problem

Eastern Province Kings president Cheeky Watson has passed the buck on which South African team will drop out of Super Rugby next year by saying it’s not their problem.


Watson took the stubborn approach when asked about the problem facing South African rugby after the South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced that the Kings would play in next year’s tournament.


SANZAR CEO Greg Peters has stated that adding another team before the current broadcast contract is over is out of the question which means that if the Kings are to be included one of the existing teams will have to drop out.


In response to Peters’ statement Watson told Die Burger, “What can I say about this that I haven’t said before?


“All that I know is that SA Rugby has already decided that we (the Kings) will play in the Super Rugby series next year.


“We are very grateful for that. We fought long for it.” said Watson.


“It’s not in our hands who the other teams are that will participate in the Super Rugby series.”


“It’s SA Rugby and the other South African franchises’ problem,” said Watson.


SA Rugby is expected to announce next month whether their statement on the Kings being included will be retracted or if not retracted which one of the teams will be dropped.

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