Lions to remain in SupeRugby

Now that the news has been broken, I can now at last say why I maintained that the Lions will play in SupeRugby next season.

I was informed by 4 different sources a while back that the Kings have been “paid off” to stay out of SupeRugby for the next couple of seasons.

The Kings have allegedly accepted a R40 million rand offer to stay out of SupeRugby until 2016.

This confirms what I was told and the Lions will remain in SupeRugby for at least 3 more seasons and closure to this matter has been reached.

The Kings now deny this, but as mentioned I heard this from a couple of different sources, so let’s see what transpires.

22 comments to Lions to remain in SupeRugby

  • Muttley

    Good, but they are guaranteed a place in the CC Premier division as part of the deal, that means the last placed team gets relegated automatically.

  • Zibbie

    ek sal bly wees as dit waar is .. kom ons hou duim vas …

  • Jordaan

    Die is regtig goeie nuus. Hopelik word dit amptelik bevestig.

  • Muttley

    Vanaf Keo
    Kings refute claims of R40m payoff

    15 Jul 2012

    The Southern Kings have insisted, via Twitter, that the new region will play in the 2013 Super Rugby competition.

    According to Zelim Nel of the Weekend Argus, reliable sources at the Kings have confirmed that the Eastern Cape franchise will not take part in the 2013 Super Rugby competition as initially expected.

    But the Kings responded on Sunday on Twitter denying the story and emphasising they won’t put a price on their non-participation.

    Nel wrote Saru has paid the Kings R40 million and guaranteed their inclusion in 2016 when a new broadcast deal is brokered and the tournament is allowed to expand.

    In January, it was confirmed that the Kings would participate in the 2013 Super Rugby competition. However, what Saru didn’t consider was that the current broadcast deal would limit the number of teams involved in the tournament (15) and the number of teams included in the South African conference (five).

    Sanzar CEO Greg Peters told keo.co.za earlier this year that the tournament structure would not change until 2016. He said it was up to Saru to decide which five teams played in 2013.

    This was always going to present a problem of fitting six franchises into five slots. With the two weakest teams (the Cheetahs and Lions) refusing to merge, it seemed likely that the last-placed team in 2012 would make way for the Kings in 2013.

    However, the last-placed Lions have moved to fight their impending relegation over the last few months. The upshot is they will continue to play Super Rugby in 2013 and the current five South African franchises will compete in the tournament until 2016.

    Apart from inclusion in the 2013 Super Rugby competition, the Kings will also be guaranteed a place in the Currie Cup Premier Division from 2013. They will reportedly use the R40 million to build up to 2016.

    Sources at the Kings say there is some uncertainty as to what happens now with regards to the coaches and players that have already been brought to the franchise.

    It is believed that they have not been that successful in luring many top players to the region. With their Super Rugby entry set to be further delayed, that struggle will surely continue.

  • Blesbeer

    And continue they will… The EC has NEVER produced any results, never won a major trophy and deny as they wil, I believe Willa’s story if that is what he heard a month ago! Denying the claims, is their way of doing damage control and masking their REAL intentions… Money!!!

    The King is dead, long live the King!!!

  • Blesbeer

    I even think that Killian, Buys, Bullbring and Big-Joe v Niekerk would have been with us if it was not for Mitch… And his disbelief in them.

  • Rooibont

    As dit waar is dat die Lions in bly weet ek die of ek moet juig of huil nie !

  • mufasa62

    Ja ek het nou ook verskeie berigte gelees nadat die nuus gebreek het dat die Kings nou sal terugstaan en die deal vanaf SARU wat hulle 40miljoen sal betaal.

    Daar word egter op rugby365.com deur SARU en die kings ontken dat dit waar is. Glo my as dit wel waar is sal ek baie bly wees vir ons Unie en span want dan kan ons tenminste begin fokus om nuwe borge te kry sodat ons ons beste spelers kan behou en nog ander kan aankoop wat ons kan help om weer suksesvol te word, plus dan sal die druk van om uit te val uit die Super15 ten minste vir die volgende 3 seisoene ook weg wees en dit opsigself sal ‘n groot verskil maak aan ons span en die bouproses meer help in die proses want sonder daai druk is ek seker ons manne sal baie beter perform asook die feit dat al ons beste spelers hopenlik reg sal wees as ons seisoen begin volgende jaar.

    Ek is oortuig dat ons nie wragtig weer so “freakish” seisoen sal beleef wat beserings aanbetref soos hierdie pas afgelope seisoen nie want ek kan net nie dink dat soiets weer sal gebeur nie.

    Ons sal egter seker maar moet wag dat dit amptelik bekend gemaak word van SARU en Die GLRU af. EK haat dit net as daar berigte is wat mekaar weerspreek want nou bly dit egter nog net ‘n roomer en niks anders nie en dit skep onsekerheid veral by ons spelers en dit wil ‘n mense nie he nie tensy ons bestuur reeds bevestiging gekry het van soiets en dit klaar konfidensieel met die spelers bespreek het.

    Gelukkig brand die vlammetjie van hoop darem nou al hoe groter en dit help!!!

  • Castle

    Paul Willemse het die naweek vir U21 leeus gespeel van die bench. Dus nog nie vrygestel nie.

    Dit is egter snaaks dat hy nie S15 gespeel het nie.

  • Loosehead

    Where the Watson’s are involved, always expect shit to happen.

  • Zibbie

    ja . En dit was n Currie cup game daai vir die u/21 as ek reg verstaan ?

  • mufasa62

    En die Kings sage duur voort Sien hierdie op Rugby365.com : http://www.rugby365.com/article/48607-kings-boxing-clever-with-saru

    Ek wens dit wil nou na ‘n donnerse punt toe gaan sodat ons weet waar ons staan regtig dit raak nou ‘n uiters patetiese gemors om die minste te se. SARU moet nou ‘n standpunt inneem en vir die ander Unies ‘n ultimatum stel sodat daar ‘n finale besluit geneem kan word ons het net die res van die jaar oor om te beplan vir wat ookal dit is waarvoor ons moet vir volgende jaar so wragtig SARU kom nou by en doen iets asb!!!!

  • mufasa62

    Nog nuus oor die voortslepende Kings sage : LEES HIER : http://www.beeld.com/Sport/Rugby/Presidente-bepaal-super-lot-20120716

    Ek het nie meer komentaar hieroor nie. Ons sal nou seker maar net moet wag en kyk wat gebeur dis al!!!

    Sien ook John Mitchell se verhoor begin vandag : LEES HIER : http://www.beeld.com/Sport/Rugby/Mitchell-verhoor-begin-vandag-20120716

    Sal graag ‘n vlieg wou wees in die raadsaal om te kon hoor waaroor alles nou eintlik gaan en hoe hierdie sage hom ook uiteindelik gaan uitspeel

    Kom ons glo en vertrou dat hierdie bognoemde 2 sages nou uiteindelik tot voordeel van al die betrokke partye opgelos en gefinaliseer sal word en dat ons in Super rugby sal bly en dat hierdie nou asb tog net die laaste van al die gemors sal wees wat ons unie en sy afrigters en spelers sal hoef te beleef!!!

    LIONS SAL WEER 2012 CURRIE CUP WEES DIS MY VOORSPELLING!!!

  • Mr-T

    Die feit van die saak is………Laat die kings eers wys hulle kan 1ste liga wen, en dan probeer saam praat met die ander spanne in die CC. Maar almal weet dit gaan nie gebeur nie, want die Cheecky politieke k@k hou net nie op nie.

    Sal maar sien wat gebeur as die SA spanne weer in Aug moet stem.

  • mufasa62

    Some more news on the Kings : READ HERE : http://www.keo.co.za/2012/07/17/kings-mess-deepens/

  • Blesbeer

    I don’t really know how it will play If the provinces had to vote? Which provinces, apart from the pumas and Leopards, would be in our corner? Bulls, Cheetahs? Province and Sharks? Griquas and Boland? Valke and Griffons? Well one thing is for sure… The Eagles, Bulldogs and Elephants will definitely be in one corner!!! We need 15 votes? And where will Oregan Hoskins side?

  • mufasa62

    Oregan will defenitly side with the kings i am sure, he is really weak and have no balls at all he will do as told by the politicians and not what is best for rugby!!

  • Zibbie

    Sien rumours oor * Carlos SPENCER (Adjoint – Blues, RSA)

    * Warren WHITELEY (Southern Kings, RSA)

  • mufasa62

    Zibbie

    Gee bietjie links waar het jy gelees?

  • Hoop Warren Whiteley bly by die Leeus. Hy moet weet, PE is ‘n kak plek.

  • Rooibont

    Ek sien Warren se op sy FB status dat Michael Kilian en sy vrou kom Joburg toe om vir hom en sy GF te kuier so daar is seker maar iets aan die broei ! Dit is jammer ons gaan hom mis !

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