Introducing the Kings

As expected, the new South African franchise will be officially known as the Southern Kings.

The Eastern Cape franchise will launch with a game against the British & Irish Lions in Port Elizabeth on 16 June. The Kings squad will be named at a later date, but is set to include a host of Vodacom Cup players as well as players originally hailing from the region.

A coach is yet to be appointed, although former Bulls mentor Heyneke Meyer has been linked to the job. WP and the Stormers have confirmed Rassie Erasmus will see out his contract with the Cape union which expires at the end of 2010.