Watson set to step down as Kings boss

Date published: June 2 2016

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Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) president Cheeky Watson is set to step down from his position although it is only likely to happen in August.

It was reported last month that if the EPRU’s business plan was accepted then Watson would resign as there would finally be some clarity into the union’s financial future. But a court date has since been postponed until August 4.

The EPRU’s Kings franchise has had a torrid start to Super Rugby after being reinstated this year. They had to be bailed out by SA Rugby after they could no longer pay their players which led to a mass exodus of some their best athletes.

It was recently revealed that a sports marketing company based in London called Integrated Sport will be investing R20 million for the next five years into the EPRU.

Port Elizabeth Metro Sub-union president Stag Mitchell told Netwerk24 that Watson will be vacating his position although the court proceedings will delay such a move.

“He said he would resign once there is stability in the union, but the court ruling has halted things,” said Mitchell.

“But he will walk… In the meantime we are working on a suitable candidate to take over from him.”

 

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