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Watson should have told us - Lacombe

21st March 2013 16:41


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Virgile Lacombe: Yet to play for the kings

Southern Kings hooker Virgile Lacombe has voiced his frustration after flying to Christchurch only to be told to get back onto a plane to Port Elizabeth.

The two-time Heineken Cup winner was one of two 'foreign' players told to return to South Africa after the Kings' decision to back down in their stand-off with SARU over the number of foreigners in their squad.

Lacombe and Argentinean back-row Tomas Leonardi have been recalled ahead of Saturday's clash with the Crusaders after the Kings fielded three overseas players against the Chiefs in contravention of SARU rules.

The 28-year-old Frenchman used Twitter to air his discontent and took aim at the Chairman of the Kings board, Cheeky Watson.

"Back to square one, nothing to do with sport...How does one regard professional rugby after this??" Tweeted the former Toulouse hooker.

Lacombe replied to another Tweet saying he was "waiting to see the chairman" and would seek an explanation from Watson.

"He should have a found a solution before he recruited us and above all warned us about the situation," he added.