SARU will 'underwrite' the Kings again

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:49

REACTION: The Southern Kings may not have a complete squad or any sponsors yet, but they will have the financial backing to compete in the newly launched Pro14.

The Cheetahs and Kings will break the mould for world rugby, when they become the first Southern Hemisphere teams to compete in a Northern Hemisphere league.

The two former Super Rugby teams will kick off in the tournament next month with 12 clubs from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy.

The Cheetahs open their account against Irish giants Ulster on Friday, September 1.

The Kings enter the fray a day later, when they take on the defending champion Scarlets.

Jurie Roux, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Rugby Union, confirmed they will 'underwrite' the Kings just like they did in Super Rugby when the franchise's parent body (EP Rugby [Pty] Ltd) was declared bankrupt.

Roux, answering a question by at the South African launch of the tournament, said the Kings are "in a lot better shape" than they were, with the support of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole.

He added that SARU will constitute a new Kings board and hope they will get sponsors.

"They will be on the pitch and they will be playing," Roux said, adding: "We need to focus on them competing.

"SARU underwrites all their unions participating in international competitions."

Roux called it a "momentous day" – as significant as the launch of the Super 12 tournament, 21 years ago.

"Life is about diversity, life is about options and life is about opportunities," he said, "It creates more diversity and makes sense in terms of time-zones.

"This is the first cross-hemisphere competition; the first time we will have played summer rugby in South Africa and the first experiment in aligning a season in the south with that of the north.

"Our eyes are on the bigger picture, which is new horizons and new opportunities for South Africa."

Pro14 Chairman Gerald Davies also described it as a very significant moment - with the cross-border competition having crossed hemispheres.

"There are sceptics out there, when something new and revolutionary comes about," the Welsh legend said.

He called it a revolutionary competition.

"There is a culturally important factor, in that we are coming together - north and south."

By Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 18 November 2017
Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints 12h00 Sixways
Italy v Argentina 13h00 Florence
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Wales v Georgia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Australia 15h00 Twickenham
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 15h30 Ricoh Arena
Ireland v Fiji 16h30 Aviva Stadium
Scotland v New Zealand 17h15 Edinburgh
France v South Africa 19h45 Paris
Sun, 19 November 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 14h00 Sandy Park
Leicester Tigers v Bath 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 17 November 2017
Gloucester v Saracens 23 | 17
Tue, 14 November 2017
France XV v New Zealand 23 | 28
Sat, 11 November 2017
France v New Zealand 18 | 38
Ireland v South Africa 38 | 3
Wales v Australia 21 | 29
England v Argentina 21 | 8
Scotland v Samoa 44 | 38
Italy v Fiji 19 | 10
Sat, 04 November 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 37 | 8
Connacht v Cheetahs 23 | 15
Edinburgh v Ospreys 37 | 10
Barbarians v New Zealand 22 | 31
Kings v Ulster 36 | 43
Japan v Australia 30 | 63
Fri, 03 November 2017
Scarlets v Treviso 20 | 8
PRO14
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 8 8 0 0 38
Munster 8 5 0 3 26
Cheetahs 8 4 0 4 20
Connacht 8 3 0 5 16
Cardiff Blues 8 3 0 5 15
Zebre 8 2 0 6 12
Ospreys 8 2 0 6 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 8 7 0 1 34
Ulster 8 6 0 2 28
Leinster 8 6 0 2 27
Edinburgh 8 5 0 3 23
Treviso 8 3 0 5 14
Dragons 8 2 0 6 10
Kings 8 0 0 8 2