Alan Solomons, Director of EP Rugby announced today that Matt Sexton (Tasman Rugby Academy Manager) will be the new head coach to take the EP Kings and Southern Kings into the next chapter.
Saxton’s role as head coach starts on the 15th of July and stretches until the end of the 2014 season; joining him is another New Zealander Brad Mooar (Head coach at Crusaders u19) who will take up the role as specialist skills coach.
Solomons also added that Sexton possesses certain characteristics that we are looking for in EP Rugby – Integrity, Altruism and Professionalism.
Sexton played his rugby at Crusaders (1996 – 2001), from where he moved to Ulster (2001 – 2004), where he played under Solomons. He also played two games for the Barbarians (2003 and 2004).
As the Kings are gearing up for a (possible) Super Rugby start next year, one can only imagine somewhere someone already knows what’s going down.
Let’s look at their progress the last two years:
Year P W L D PF PA PD TF TA
2010 21 12 7 2 571 517 54 65 58
2011 21 16 5 0 744 466 278 100 55
In all fairness towards EP Rugby, it’s only been these last two years that they’ve really been building towards something great, if you want to go back further you’ll actually see the enormous improvement they have accomplished, from usually finishing around the bottom of the Vodacom Cup and 1st Division logs, to winning the 1st Division in 2010 and runners up in 2011.
If you look at this year’s Vodacom Cup season so far, Kings 34-24 vs Pampas XV, 40-23 vs Bulldogs, 25-30 vs Western Province and 36-22 vs the Cheetahs, not too bad for a team that’s also been struggling with a couple of injuries among their own stars.
Currently putting them in 3rd position behind the Sharks both on 16 points, but only on points difference, and Western Province leading the South Section on 18 points.
I’m confident that the guys in charge of EP Rugby won’t make the Southern Kings the laughing stock of world rugby when and if they are included into next year’s Super Rugby Competition, let’s give them a fair chance.Tweet