Border, Eastern Province and the South Western Districts have formally signed a cooperation agreement with regards to the management of the Southern Kings franchise.
The cooperation agreement regulates the relationship, rights and obligations of the Southern Kings franchise partners in the period leading up to and during participation in the Super Rugby competition from 2013.
In terms of the agreement, the primary responsibility for the management and operation of the franchise business rests with EP Rugby. The Southern Kings team will therefore be based in Port Elizabeth, and all Super Rugby competition home fixtures will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Whenever possible, pre-season friendlies and other non-fixture matches involving the Southern Kings will be played in East London and George.
Players from all three provinces will be included in the Southern Kings squad at all times.
Regan Hoskins, president of Saru, said he was delighted with the successful conclusion of the cooperation agreement between the three parties.
‘The agreement is another major step in our overall aim to bring top-class rugby to the Eastern Cape region. This now paves the way for even greater cooperation between the three unions, which in turn will benefit the growth and development of rugby in these areas,’ said Hoskins.