SA Rugby and the Southern Kings have their ducks in a row and will deliver a compelling bid for the 15th Super Rugby franchise on Friday.
Melbourne suffered a massive setback recently when they lost their main sponsor on Thursday. VicSuper15, who was given majority control at the start of the project, withdrew their support because they claim they were forced out of the process.
The Super 15 expansion bids are due on Friday and word from Saru is the Kings have their house in order. The bid predicts crowds of 24 000 on average, ticks off player recruitment and income (a budget in the middle of the range of SA teams) and as seen by the fixture against the British & Irish Lions, the Kings will have a stadium up to international standard.