Mac Dupreez

The exodus of Southern Kings players continues. There can be but a handful of our Super Rugby squad announced in January still plying their trade here in the Eastern Province. The latest? Cornell du Preez.

“Watson (Kings president) confirmed yesterday that Cornell du Preez had also been released from his contract with immediate effect, to sign with Edinburgh Rugby in Scotland.

Watson said he was excited that Du Preez had been given the opportunity to further his rugby career.

“There is no doubt that Cornell was one of the stalwarts during the Southern Kings campaign and he has continued to play superb rugby for us during the Currie Cup First Division. We wish him everything of the best.”

Watson said he knew Du Preez aspired to build towards playing for Scotland, and did not feel he would be given the opportunity to play for the Springboks, because of the depth of loose forwards, if he remained in South Africa.”

And in other news …The career ending decision by French referee Roman Poite to yellow card Bismark du Plessis in the first half for a perfectly legal tackle on Dan Carter has been rescinded from the record books by SANZAR. The resultant red card has been expunged from Bismark’s record but this does nothing to correct the result of the game which leaves the All Blacks in pole position for this years Rugby Championship.

THE future of big-time rugby in Port Elizabeth could be decided today when South African rugby bosses gather in Cape Town to discuss plans to enlarge the Currie Cup Premier Division from six to eight teams to accommodate the EP Kings and Pumas.

“I am sure that an enlarged Premier Division will be one of the main topics of discussion at the meeting,” Kings boss Cheeky Watson said.

Watson will travel to Cape Town with Kings chief executive Charl Crous for a meeting that is vital for the future success of the union, which campaigns in the second-tier First Division.

“It is also in the interests of the Lions that a decision is made because it could secure their position in Super Rugby for two years. It is vital that the Kings get top-flight rugby in the interests of the future of our young players,” Watson said.

Though rugby officials were tight-lipped yesterday, there has been speculation that the Kings could gain automatic promotion if they give up the right to play a Super Rugby promotion-relegation match against the team ending bottom of the South African conference. “We spoke at length about the issue of the Kings,” SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins said after a president’s council meeting last month.

“While we didn’t take any decisions, the discussion was about how to maintain the momentum of the Kings area now that they are out of Super Rugby,” Hoskins said.

After more than 250 000 fans flocked to watch Super Rugby at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this year, South African rugby will be anxious to satisfy the thirst for top-flight rugby in the region.

First Division matches have not proved to be big crowd-pullers, with many fans staying away from the stadium when the lower division matches are played.

If Premier Division matches were played in Port Elizabeth next season, huge crowds would flock back to the stadium to watch teams like the Sharks, Blue Bulls and Western Province.

“We have good players in the under-21 and under-19 ranks and it is vitally important that they get a chance to compete at the top level,” Watson said.

“By playing in the Premier Division, the Kings can also lay a foundation for re-entry into Super Rugby in 2016.”

There are a number of reasons why the Kings would be prepared to forego their shot at a Super Rugby promotion match.

It seems unlikely they will be able to muster a team strong enough to have a crack at winning a Super Rugby promotion duel.

On top of that, if the present Currie Cup Premier Division promotion rules are employed, the runaway table-topping First Division Pumas will play the team ending bottom of the higher division.

It would appear that we are to be back in the rugby wilderness for the next 2 years with Super Rugby guaranteed in 2016 (where have I heard that before?)

5 thoughts on “Mac Dupreez”

  1. The decision on whether or not to promote the Eastern Province Kings to the top tier in S.A. rugby was postponed yesterday, understandably it appears that we’re guaranteed promotion but the bosses want to wait for the end of the current league format so that they can justify their actions, I can live with that.

    Here’s the report from today’s local paper

    THE Kings’ hopes of playing top-tier Currie Cup rugby have been left hanging after SA rugby chiefs yesterday postponed a final decision on whether to enlarge their Premier Division from six to eight teams until September 30.

    SA rugby bosses were locked in discussion in Johannesburg yesterday as they spoke about proposals to radically revamp their premier money-spinning competition.

    After a lengthy meeting, EP chief executive Charl Crous confirmed that no decision had been taken on the future of the Kings because a number of proposals on the competition format needed to be discussed.

    Despite a decision not being reached, there has been widespread speculation that the Kings and the Pumas will be promoted from the lower tier First Division to the top flight when rugby bosses reconvene on September 30 to vote on the matter.

    A rugby insider said the only sticking point could be how the enlarged competition would be run and that there was a possibility it could be divided into two sections of four teams.

    The four teams in each section would play one another twice and then play one game against each of the teams in the other section before a knockout phase.

    Another reason for the postponement could be that SA Rugby want to wait until the top two teams on the First Division log have been finalised.

    While the Pumas are assured of ending top, the Kings still need to beat the Falcons at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tonight to nail down second spot on the table.

    If the Kings end second, SA rugby chiefs could announce that they had decided to promote the top two teams in the First Division and not leave themselves open to criticism if the Kings end outside the top two.

    After the Southern Kings were relegated from Super Rugby earlier this year, promotion to the Premier Division would be a major shot in the arm for rugby in the Eastern Cape.

     

    Following their relegation the Kings suffered a mass exodus of their top players leaving the franchise to pursue their careers at the highest level.

     

    After more than 250 000 fans flocked to watch Super Rugby at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this year, South African rugby chiefs have made it clear they want to maintain the momentum of the Kings region.

     

    Ahead of yesterday’s meeting, Kings boss Cheeky Watson said Super Rugby had awoken a sleeping giant in the Eastern Cape and that Currie Cup rugby would be well supported.

     

    “It is vital that the Kings get topflight rugby in the interests of the future of our young players,” Watson said.

     

    First Division matches have not proved to be big crowd pullers, with many fans staying away from the stadium when the lower division matches are played.

    Huge crowds, however, would flock to the stadium to watch teams like the Sharks, Blue Bulls and Western Province in action next season if the Kings were promoted.

  2. Môre Jay

    Often 😦

    I actually only posted this for a certain Edinburgh supporter that frequents these pages, he’s obviously at a pre-season training camp 🙂

  3. Good Evening Soutie

    Tablet testing for the TGV trip from Paris to Angouleme tomorrow. I hope to get my fingers flying in due course but it’s bloody hard work just now, Spotted your post straight away but been too busy leaving work behind to reply straight away.

    Lots of good things being said about him. Three years to Jockdom for him and Josh Strauss at Glasgow. By then, of course, they will have little in common because he’ll be Embran and the other one will have the misfortune to be a Weegie

  4. Morning John, enjoy the trip.

    Josh of course is a mountaingoat, that lot live in a world of their own anyway, sound like he’ll fit right in 🙂

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