The International Kings Announce SquadAuthor: Nick | Filed under: Just for Fun
Kings Head Honcho Cheeky Watson (we tried to think of an apt nickname for him but he already has one) has defied SARU orders and named 5 Internationals for his former Currie Cup 1st Division side. To be fair to the Kings, there has been some media spin-doctoring around this story to rile up the nation.
Sneaky Cheeky is well aware that he may have to cut 3 Internationals from his team but he really doesn’t want to. Clearly Mr Watson is trying to buy time in the hope that SARU will get tired of fighting and let him field his U.N. side.
Several of our readers have commented that it’s not the players fault regarding the shenanigans that have gone on in the Eastern Cape. Absolutely right, they just want to play Super Rugby and it’s sad that some of them may be downgraded to the Vodacom Cup; which is where the whole team should be. The fact remains, some great talent has been shipped in from offshore and that’s an exciting prospect for rugby lovers. So, in the highly unlikely event that Cheeky somehow sneaks a trojan horse onto the park with all 5 Foreigners, we thought we’d jump the gun and give their fantasy prospects.
Hadleigh Parkes is no stranger to losing having been with the Blues last season so he’ll fit right in. The big 100kg+ centre scored 2 tries in Super Rugby 2012 where he partnered with Nonu at centre. Parkes is fantasy Bronze at best because he’s A: in rubbish team, and B: listed as an outside back where there are far better choices elsewhere.
Nicholas Vergallo is cheap as chips and well he should be. The Argentine International has zero tries in 31 games for Los Pumas which Fantasy managers would call shite.
Daniel Adongo: It’s ironic that Adongo is not listed by UDT (probably because he’ll be cut when the SARU Sword of Damocles comes down) as he has terrific fantasy potential if he plays. Try scoring locks are hard to come by and Sharks fans will remember the former 7′s player touching down 3 times on his Vodacom Cup debut. The Kenyan is 6’6″, 113 kg and runs the 100 in under 11 seconds (on grass!). Hats off to the Kings for signing him, he’s a terrific prospect and it will be sad if he doesn’t play.
Tomas Leonárdi is a 15 time Argentinian International who’s scored 2 tries for Los Pumas including one in the inaugural Championship against Australia. The mobile loose forward is unlikely to trouble the scorers this season with Luke Watson hogging the ball-carrying duties.
Virgile Lacombe played second fiddle to William Servat at Stade Toulouse for 8 years so is no stranger to the bench. The bad news is with Bandise Maku around it’s unlikely he’ll be one of the 2 Internationals left if there’s a chop. The good news is he’ll have some game time, albeit in the Vodacom Cup.
So there they are, 5 players, choose 2. Not an easy decision, especially knowing what they cost. Fortunately this is Fantasy Rugby where we aren’t governed by politics. In that case, we choose none.