The Kings in trouble?
March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
SARU appointed “a judicial sub-committee will investigate the allegation that the Kings breached Saru’s Super Rugby participation agreement by fielding more than two foreigners against the Chiefs.
According to a Saru press release, in the event of a breach being proved there is a wide range of sanctions available, starting from a caution to a maximum fine of R1-million or a recommendation to the General Council to suspend or expel the offending organisation.
Saru CEO Jurie Roux contacted Kings chairman Cheeky Watson on Tuesday to advise him of the inquiry and caution him against any potential breaches.”
Kings face sanctions
Why is this only being addressed now? This issue has been in the media ever since the Kings named all their foreign players in their extended squad.
According to Beeld this morning a Kings insider claimed that SARU had encouraged the Kings to sign the Argentinians as the IRB and SARU are looking to strengthen Argentinian rugby and based on this they don’t regard these players as “foreign” players.
Typically SARU kept quiet and hoped the issue will fix itself while the Kings “interpreted” the rules the way they want to.
This matter should never have reached this point and wouldn’t have if SARU got their heads out of the sand.
Update: Watson: Pumas are not ‘foreigners’
Watson said: “In the process leading up to the signing of foreign players last year, we were led to believe and even encouraged to sign Argentinean players – who currently participate in the Vodacom Cup as the Pampas – with the understanding that they would not be considered as foreign players, in the same way as Daniel Adongo, who is from Kenya, is not considered a foreign player.
Watson: Pumas are not ‘foreigners’