Tim Whitehead and Hansie Graaff will turn out for the newly-promoted EP Kings in this year’s Currie Cup.
Centre Whitehead, who moved to the Sharks in 2011 after a frustrating early career at Western Province, has found his path into the senior side blocked by injury. A favourite of former coach John Plumtree, who would always pick Whitehead when fit, he has not had quite the same impact under either Brendan Venter or Jake White, missing out on selection to the Sharks 2014 Super Rugby squad. A subsequent knee injury has put paid to any participation in any event.
Graff was brought in to add depth ahead of the 2013 Currie Cup campaign, but like Whitehead, missed that entire competition due to injury. He has picked up a few caps for the Sharks XV this year, but will not be retained in Durban after the end of his short contract, given the number of young players coming through the system.
The Kings have also signed hooker Michael van Vuuren, a former Baby Bok who has been with Stade Francais in Paris for the last two seasons.Tweet