THE EP Kings' hopes of being elevated to top-tier rugby were dashed yesterday when rival unions shot down plans to include Eastern Province in an enlarged Currie Cup Premier Division next year.
Furious EP Rugby boss Cheeky Watson said even though the final vote was in favour of the amended enlarged structure of the competition, with a 19-10 split, the motion did not carry because it required a 75% majority vote.
"There were a lot of people in the room who were shocked by the outcome and astounded by the short-sightedness of the unions that voted against this proposal," Watson said.
The decision could have widespread ramifications for EP rugby.
The lack of big-time rugby in the region could lead to promising young talent leaving, and the lack of financial muscle and sponsorship, which comes with top-tier rugby, could hamper the Kings as they bid to attract top players to the franchise.
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