The hope and pride of the Eastern Cape – the Southern Kings – smarting from their last loss against the Jaguares flew off to Argentina quietly determined to get that win and continue confounding the Super Rugby community with their spirit, ahead of the almost inevitable chop when the two teams leaving Super rugby are announced on 7 July 2017.
Speculation is rife that the Southern Kings and Free State Cheetahs will join the Pro12 competition. Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies is quoted as saying; “There are discussions going on, which people are aware of, between the Pro12 and South African rugby union and the franchises down there. There is a desire from the South African teams I think to join the Pro12 and I think the Pro12 would like them to join. At the moment it looks like the two teams from Super Rugby that will not be in the competition next year will join (the Pro12).”
Asked about next season Southern Kings Vice Captain Ross Geldenhuys said; “The nest season is going to deal with itself, we need to wait for the powers that be in SANZAR and SARU to determine what’s happening there. If it’s Pro12 then it will be Pro12 and if