THE South African Rugby Union (SARU) has thrown the cash-strapped Eastern Province Rugby Union a lifeline.
Saru yesterday announced that they will be taking control of the Southern Kings franchise in the expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016.
The decision, which was made by the Executive Council of Saru, was taken because of the ongoing cash flow problems at the union, and after the president of EP, Cheeky Watson, asked Saru president Oregan Hoskins for assistance.
Watson is currently overseas trying to secure sponsorship for the Kings.
“We gave the Kings as long as possible to resolve their issues through their own efforts, but the point had been reached where they could wait no longer,” Hoskins said in a statement.