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Apr 04, 2019, 18:23

Southern Kings in historic partnership with French club

2019-04-04 17:38

Cape Town - The Southern Kings have agreed on a memorandum of understanding with French club, Toulon, in a move that will see a close working relationship between the two sides.

Southern Kings’ Deputy Chairman, Rory Stear, and Chief Operations Officer, Charl Crous, travelled to France this week where they met Toulon President, Mourad Boudjellal, to conclude an agreement which will see an immediate close working relationship between the South African franchise and French club.

The ground-breaking partnership with a globally iconic club that has been crowned European champions no less than three times, further illustrates the ambitious intent of the Kings’ new owners, the GRC, to turn the Port Elizabeth-based franchise into a force to be reckoned with globally.

Part of the memorandum of understanding between the two teams includes:

  • An exchange programme between the coaching staff of both teams,
  • The sharing of player resources,
  • Commercial opportunities,
  • Youth development through both teams’ rugby academies, and
  • Fixtures between the two sides.
  • Sharing of resources between the two sides,
  • “This is an amazing opportunity for the Southern Kings to twin with a renowned club such as Toulon –
  •  an iconic club in the world,” said Deputy Chairman, Rory Stear, said.
  • “Toulon is a club that has had a good South African link with great Springboks like Bryan Habana, 

    Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Juandre Kruger, Jacques Potgieter and Marcel van der Merwe playing for 


    While other world greats like Johnny Wilkinson and currently Julian Sevea playing for them.

    “This is an exciting partnership that will see us ensure that we are on track with our determination to make the Southern Kings a world force, just like Toulon.

    “We are excited and looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Toulon,” concluded Stear.

    Apr 04, 2019, 18:28

    Sharing of Players
    I suppose the sharing of players is Toulon dumping all their rejects on the Kings, while taking the best juniors from SA. Someone like Julian Savea would end up playing for the Kings.

    Commercial Opportunities
    The Southern Kings will be a feeder system for Toulon and a talent scout. 

    Youth Academies
    Toulon can get a good deal on players with no Super rugby experience yet. Toulon will rape the young player pool that show form in under21. 

    Sharing of resources
    Toulon will share money with the owners of the Kings. 

    Apr 04, 2019, 18:28


    Apr 04, 2019, 18:29

    Toulon was poor this year and an agreement with the Kings would have no real consequence for them unless it is an agreement with them to contract more SA players that would by way of the backdoor entered up playing for Toulon.    

    Apr 04, 2019, 23:46

    So what happens to the development of black players given the stupid Kings always profess to be at the forefront of black player development?

    The Kings filled with Frenchmen is hardly going to serve that cause.

    We don’t need French players polluting our sides - does zero for the Bok cause not that the Kings do that cause any service in reality

    Apr 11, 2019, 06:11


    Considering the low number of quota players trained in SA, this franchise can not compete with other SA franchises for acquiring said quota players. They will go elsewhere.

    The link is a powerful opportunity to take advantage of NH work in training players. Time to poach talent from the North as the equivalent players trained in the North are vastly superior to quotas trained in SA.

    Apr 11, 2019, 06:21

    yep, dat makes a lotta cents....

    Apr 11, 2019, 06:30

    A necessary move. SA has not trained and will not train half a decent rugby player from their quota populations. NH, despite a way smaller pool of equivalent populations, has already trained more than decent rugby players. And in many positions, contrary to SA.

    That SA franchise biggest chance to get players to feed the SA quota team is to poach them from the North.

    Apr 11, 2019, 06:39

    LOL, Hater is back.

    Apr 12, 2019, 17:42

    Never left.

    Apr 12, 2019, 18:12

    The traditionalist is back looking for beggar handouts. He expects to be trained on how to wipe his arse. 

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