SARU to announce Southern Kings plan next week

NOVEMBER 26, 2015

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday said that it expected to be able to announce details of its plans for the Southern Kings early next week.

“We have made major progress in preparing an implementation plan for the Vodacom Super Rugby franchise,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU, following a meeting of a task team at SARU’s offices.

According to a statement released early this week, the meeting sought to put in place the structures and processes required to take control of the running of the Southern Kings in the upcoming Vodacom Super Rugby season.

“We have addressed issues around on-field and off-field structures and preparations and are now moving through our governance and communication processes with stakeholders.

“I expect that process to be completed by early next week – after we have informed the SARU Exco – after which time we will be able to reveal all the details to the rugby public of Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape.

Roux, said that they understand that Kings supporters as well as staff and players have dozens of questions, but following yesterday's meeting he was optimistic.

“Our single aim is to put in a place a robust structure that attends to the playing and commercial needs of the Southern Kings for Vodacom Super Rugby. Once that is well underway we will be able to go into more detail.”

Roux said that the implementation task group would initially comprise SARU general managers with differing expertise and a management representative from the EPRU and one from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium management company.

---additional reporting News24wire