Lions hope to stay in Super Rugby

Kevin de Klerk is still very confident that the Lions will not be excluded from the 2013 Super Rugby season.

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JOHANNESBURG - Kevin de Klerk is still very confident that the Lions will not be left out to dry following recent talks of relegation next season.

The Lions have been the weakest local side in the Super Rugby log.

The Johannesburg side has played 13 matches and only managed to win two.

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) bosses have been meeting with franchise heads to discuss the best way forward for local franchises after the Kings were guaranteed a spot in next season's Super Rugby campaign.

De Klerk is confident that the Kings inclusion won't damage the status of any current side in the competition.

"It's still very much a work in progress, but I'm very happy to say that it seems to be moving in a positive direction. According to the sport portfolio committee, the Kings will come in but not to the detriment of any other union."

De Klerk is still expecting a positive outcome.

"We don't want to pre-empt any initiatives that they are busy undertaking with different organisation to ensure that the impact on the system is not going to be bad as we're all contemplating."

The Lions are set to find out their fate on 13 July.