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South Africa scraps Super Rugby relegation

February 13, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has scrapped its Super Rugby relegation process and the country’s five teams in the tournament will remain there for the next two seasons.

That means the Port Elizabeth-based Southern Kings can’t regain their Super 15 place until after 2015.

The Kings were promoted at the expense of the Johannesburg-based Lions and played the 2013 season, then were relegated after a playoff with the Lions. It was expected there would be another playoff at the end of this season between the Kings and the lowest South African team.

Instead, the South African Rugby Union says the Kings have been guaranteed a place in the top division of the domestic Currie Cup.

Super Rugby’s format is likely to be revised from 2016, when South Africa may get a permanent extra spot for the Kings.

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