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Lion Kings could join Super Rugby in 2014

Johan Ackermann is the favourite to coach the Lion Kings

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Article Published: Thursday 4 July 2013|


Super Rugby's newcomers the Southern Kings could about to merge with the Lions for the 2014 Super Rugby season if reports are to be believed.

Golden Lions president Kevin de Klerk and Southern Kings boss Cheeky Watson have both denied that they are in talks to field a team that represents both regions but sources close to them say that the talks are taking place.

The Southern Kings are in last place in the South African Super Rugby standings and look set to play a series of promotion/relegation matches against the Lions later this month.

Whoever comes out as winner of the two matches will be entered in the 2014 Super Rugby season. However if the two teams agree to a merge they would both avoid relegation and guarantee at least some Super Rugby for their regions.

Rumour has it that the new Super Rugby team would be known as the Lion Kings and players would be pooled for the franchise.

The eight home matches would also be shared between the two Unions.

Current Southern Kings Director of Rugby has been linked with a position in Europe and a number of the Kings players have already announced that they are moving on.

According to the Cape Argus current Lions coach Johan Ackermann is the leading candidate to guide the Lion Kings.

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