Five foreigners in Kings squad
The Kings have ignored Saru's ruling that South African franchises may only have two foreigners in their Super Rugby squads.
Argentine duo, flanker Tomas Leonardi and scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo, Kiwi utility back Hadleigh Parkes, French hooker Virgile Lacombe and Kenyan forward Daniel Adongo have all been included in the Kings' 35-man squad.
EP president Cheeky Watson has stated on several occasions that the Kings should be allowed to field more than two foreigners as their Super Rugby inclusion came so late that they were unable to sign other South African players who were tied into contracts with other unions or clubs.
The Kings made a formal request to Saru asking for an exception to be made for them in their debut Super Rugby season, but it was rejected on 27 January.
In response to several media inquiries on Tuesday, Watson released a statement explaining why they have persisted with picking all of their foreign players.
'The squad announced today is the wider squad that has been requested by Sanzar, and which had to be submitted to them ahead of the official start of the season, in line with their tournament rules and regulations,' said Watson. 'This squad could be reduced further in due course.'
Forwards – Schalk Ferrreira, Jaco Engels, Hannes Franklin, Virgile Lacombe, Bandise Maku, Edgar Marutlulle, Kevin Buys, Grant Kemp, Steven Sykes, David Bullbring, Darron Nell, Rynier Bernardo, Daniel Adongo, Wimpie van der Walt, Mpho Mbiyozo, Tomas Leonardi, Cornell du Preez, Devin Oosthuizen, Luke Watson (captain), Jacques Engelbrecht.
Backs – Shaun Venter, Johan Herbst, Nicolas Vergallo, Demetri Catrakillis, George Whitehead, Andries Strauss, Hadleigh Parkes, Ronnie Cooke, Waylon Murray, Michael Killian, Sergeal Petersen, Marcello Sampson, Siyanda Grey, SP Marais, Elric van Vuuren.