Cheeky chuffed with expansion

Cheeky Watson believes the new Super Rugby conference structure would suit a fledgling franchise like the Southern Kings.

The Kings want to be included when the competition expands in 2011. South Africa will compete against Australia for the rights to the 15th franchise, and should they win a place it means the Kings will play all their conference games in Australia.

‘It is good news for EP rugby because the teams will be playing in conferences which means there will be a lot less travelling. So it will cut down on costs,’ Watson told the EP Herald.

‘We do not know when we will be able to start the tender process because we are still waiting on Sanzar. However, we are very excited about this decision because it will benefit us in the long run.’

The Kings franchise will be launched on 16 June when they face the British & Irish Lions in a tour match in Port Elizabeth.