"YOU win some and lose some" was how Southern Kings rugby chairman Cheeky Watson reacted after it emerged that giant Argentine international lock Manuel Carizza would not be joining his ambitious new Super Rugby franchise.
It had been hoped the burly Carizza would link up with fellow Argentine Nicolas Vergallo at the Southern Kings next year.
Vergallo, who has played in 29 tests for Argentina, was one of Kings' first overseas signings and is expected to play a starring role next year.
"Carizza was one of the players we had been looking at but he has signed for Racing Metro in France. We will continue to spread our net far and wide," the Kings chairman said.
The Kings have a player recruitment budget of R40-million which they are using to bolster their squad ahead of their Super Rugby debut.
Last month, the Kings announced they had completed the signing of Auckland Blues backline star Hadleigh Parkes.
Watson said yesterday his franchise was still looking to sign three more "international class" players. Asked whether the franchise would be given permission to field more than two foreign players, he said the matter was "still being debated".
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