'Toughest day in SA rugby'

Saru president says the decision to relegate the Lions was of the toughest decision for the union.

Lions Rugby Union President Kevin de Klerk. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African Rugby Union (Saru) President Oregan Hoskins said Thursday was one of the toughest days in rugby.

The union announced the relegation of the Lions from Super Rugby.

The EP Kings will replace them next season.

Hoskins said this is how rugby is.

"Rugby is a tough sport in the context of our society so it wasn't easy. We know there will be repercussions but it's something that we have to live with."

Hoskins said the Kings must make most of their promotion.

"I just hope this serves as an opportunity for the Kings. They should really take this opportunity and exploit it."

Meanwhile, Lions President Kevin de Klerk said they felt let down by Saru.

De Klerk said the Kings were more likely to fail in Super Rugby.

"They don't have a snowball's chance."