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Currie Cup still six teams – for now

  • 06 Dec 2013
The Currie Cup Premier Division is still six teams The Currie Cup Premier Division is still six teams

A proposal to expand the Currie Cup Premier Division to eight teams in 2014 was withdrawn before being put to the vote at Saru's special general council meeting.

The decision to withdraw was taken on the basis that although the proposal had majority support the opposition of six provinces meant that the resolution would not reach the required 75% majority. The games and policies committee has been asked to reconsider the proposal.

The Currie Cup status quo therefore remains with a top division of six teams. Griquas, who lost the promotion-relegation play-offs to the Pumas, and the EP Kings, who finished second on the First Division log, would have been the two teams added to the Premier Division.

'Of course we are extremely disappointed that this matter has still not been resolved, but we are happy that it has not been completely withdrawn,' said EP president Cheeky Watson.

EP CEO Charl Crous said the further delays significantly impacted on the Kings' ability to roll out various initiatives, secure sponsors, and contract players.

Meanwhile, a second motion relating to Super Rugby participation was not put to the vote as it was dependent on the successful passing of the Currie Cup resolution. The proposal related to the setting aside of a promotion play-off between the Kings and the bottom-placed team in the South African conference of Super Rugby in 2014.

Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

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