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Hoskins ‘positive’ about revote


  • 29 Oct 2013
The EP Kings could yet play in the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division The EP Kings could yet play in the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division

Saru president Oregan Hoskins is confident that the Currie Cup Premier Division will be expanded from six to eight teams.

As revealed on SARugbymag.co.za three weeks ago, there is set to be a revote on the proposal in December.

At Saru's special general meeting on 30 September, the final vote was in favour of the amended structure of the competition, with a 19/10 split, but the motion didn’t carry because it required a 75% majority vote. EP president Cheeky Watson told SARugbymag.co.za that it was Boland, Border, SWD, the Leopards and Valke who voted against the proposal (each union has two votes and the Saru president one).

On Monday, Hoskins said he believed the provincial unions would come to an agreement when they met again.

'I remain positive come our meeting in December. We are working hard with all our constituents to try to resolve this matter. What we are trying to do is take everybody along. It is not easy. People have different views about what it should be.'

Having won the recent promotion-relegation matches, the Pumas have assured themselves of a place in next year's Premier Division, but they could yet be joined by 'relegated' Griquas as well as the EP Kings, who finished second on the First Division log this season.

However, Hoskins said it was not merely a matter of agreeing to expansion, but that differences between the provinces on other matters needed to be resolved.

'There are local dynamics. We know in the Eastern Cape there is a huge challenge between the partners Eastern Province, Border and the South Western Districts. They are at massive loggerheads and it is a challenge for us and we are working with them to work through their differences to see if they can find common ground.'

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