The Southern Kings have named their side to take on the Western Force in their historic first Super Rugby game, in Port Elizabeth this weekend. Luke Watson captains the side from the number 8 position.
Former Sharks centre Andries Strauss partners Ronnie Cooke in a strong midfield, with another experienced campaigner in former Stormer Demetri Catrikilis in the number 10 jersey.
Up front, Steven Sykes joins former Lion David Bullbring in the second row, while Schalk Ferraira is preferred to veteran Jaco Engels at loosehead. Along with Watson and Strauss, hooker Bandsie Maku completes the international contingent in the team.
Daniel Adongo has been included on the bench and will cover the second row.
Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht , 20 Johan Herbst, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.