Wat­son claims he’s ready to quit Kings

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CAPE TOWN - Eastern Prov­ince Rugby Union (EPRU) pres­i­dent Cheeky Wat­son says he is ready to step down from his post in or­der to pur­sue his busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing in Port El­iz­a­beth at the week­end, Wat­son sur­vived an­other mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against him.

Sev­eral EPRU clubs at­tempted to un­seat Wat­son as pres­i­dent of the union, but they were un­suc­cess­ful in their quest.The clubs that wanted Wat­son out needed 63 votes (a two-thirds ma­jor­ity), but got only 52 votes, while 40 voted against the mo­tion.

How­ever, in an in­ter­view with the Her­aldLIVE web­site, Wat­son said that he was will­ing to move on.

He didn’t spec­ify an ex­act date, but com­mented: “It is a door in my life that needs to close and not to be res­ur­rected again,” he said.

“I have never been a pop­ulist and I have never wor­ried about peo­ple’s opin­ions and what they think of me. If I tackle a job I tackle it with ev­ery fi­bre of my be­ing and try to be as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.

“It was grat­i­fy­ing to see the sup­port from clubs, but one needs to look at the big­ger pic­ture here and look at rugby as a whole within the prov­ince.”

The clubs have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions this year tried to con­vene to vote for a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against Wat­son, but on each oc­ca­sion the meet­ings were post­poned due to some tech­ni­cal­ity.

Un­der Wat­son as pres­i­dent, the EPRU plunged into a fi­nan­cial cri­sis last year, with the union un­able to pay play­ers’ salaries.

Wat­son had promised a R200m spon­sor­ship for the Kings but this failed to ma­te­ri­alise, with play­ers forced to ac­cept food vouch­ers fol­low­ing the non-pay­ment of salaries.

SA Rugby was forced to step in and take con­trol of the union which was liq­ui­dated last month.— News24.

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