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Kings trial for Jaco


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 26 Jan 2016 at 10:46
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Sharks utility back Jaco van Tonder (another who has been told that he won’t feature for the team in Super Rugby this season) has been offered a trial run with the Kings.

There’s not much evidence of any other Super Rugby franchise being particular charitable towards the Eastern Cape team, but the Sharks, at least, appear to be doing their bit. Lukhanyo Am and JC Astle have already been confirmed as part of the Kings squad, while 24-year-old van Tonder could potentially also make the cut if he impresses over the next few weeks.

Monde Hadabe’s own Kings run was cut short due to an unfortunate back injury.

lock Philip du Preez, hooker Martin Bezuidenhout and fullbak Jurgen Visser have also been contracted for Super Rugby.

Kings squad:
Aidon Davis, 21, No 8
Chris Cloete, 24, Flank
Cornell Hess, 26, Lock
Cyril-John Velleman, 20, Flank
Edgar Marutlulle, 27, Hooker
Elgar Watts, 30, Flyhalf
Jacobie Adriaanse, 30, Tighthead Prop
Jacques (Vleis) Engelbrecht,30, No 8
James Hall, 19, Scrumhalf
John-Charles (JC) Astle, 25, Lock
JP du Plessis, 24, Centre
Jurgen Visser (26), Fullback
Kevin Luiters, 23, Scrumhalf
Leighton Eksteen,21, Scrumhalf, Flyhalf, Fullback
Louis Fouche, 25, Flyhalf
Lukhanyo Am, 22, Centre
Luzuko Vulindlu, 28, Centre/Wing
Malcolm Jaer, 20, Fullback
Martin Ferreira, 26, Hooker
Phillip du Plessis, 22, Lock
Schalk Ferreira, 31, Prop
Schalk Oelofse, 27, Lock
Shane Gates, 23, Flyhalf
Sipato Junior Pokomela, 19, No 8
Siyanda Grey ,26, Wing/Centre
Stefan Watermeyer, 27, Centre
Stefan Willemse, 23, Flank
Steven Sykes, 31, Lock
Tazz Fuzani, 25, Lock
Thembelani Bholi, 25, Flank
Tom Botha, 25, Prop
Tyler Paul, 20, Lock/Flank



31 Comments

  • good news!hope he impresses the kings coaching staff and gets a contract.still no place for sp marais,though?

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.16 11:08:04 by 50shadesofshark Reply
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  • If Jaco is willing to play prop he’s pretty much guaranteed a spot. They look very thin in their front row.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.16 11:27:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : would like for one of the sharks u21 props,potgieter/majola, to get an opportunity at the kings.also hoping to see hadebe there once he is over his injury.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.16 11:33:48 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : Now that i might pay to see ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.16 11:39:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Still a few places left to fill and time is running out. Like sand through the hourglass, so is the squad of the Kings :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.16 11:49:59 by StevieS Reply
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  • I thought Jaco was let go at the Sharks at the same time Marco was? Glad he’s got a chance to play Super Rugby though, even if it is for the Kings. Hope he gets a contract and has a great season.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.16 12:23:59 by Hulk Reply

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  • Good luck Jaco and hope you make the squad!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.16 12:29:38 by JD Reply
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  • I hope he makes it and also becomes a huge threat at 15. If he can stay injury free.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.16 17:30:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 6) : well look, he’s still contracted (same as Marco). Sharks can’t unilaterally cancel a contract. So the players were “let go” in the sense that they were essentially put on garden leave for the remainder of their contract period.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.16 18:04:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good luck, Jaco…I hope it works out for you!

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.16 19:59:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : LOL…

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.01.16 19:59:52 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : geez that’s just silly. Why not use Marco to help youngsters in Currie cup?!?! Now they’re paying players to look for other work!?!?!?

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.01.16 23:25:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : Its more a case of the Sharks doing well by the players. They could have shown them the door with no pay. Least now they getting paid and hopefully plugging back into the clubs etc until they find other work at which time im sure the Sharks money and contract will stop.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.16 08:52:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Great news for Jaco and I’m sure he will take this opportunity to impress, always rated him as a player and glad hes getting an opportunity to play at this level.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.16 08:57:51 by stevovo Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : don’t think so, they’re contracted and think the Sharks will have to pay the full contract period. Only good thing about this is at least the players know they have no chance of a contract renewal and they will have to look for new jobs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.16 09:00:43 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 15) : They will only be able to sign new contracts if the Sharks terminate theirs so whilst they trying to get a new contract somewhere they getting paid, i say well done to the Sharks for looking after the players welfare. Would have been very easy to say cheers and piss off…you can terminate an employee if they are surplus to requirements.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.16 09:09:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Agreed…I just hope in the meantime, while they are looking and still being paid, they are being put to some sort of good use…no?

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.01.16 09:12:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : Well i would like to believe they are. I mean in order to secure a new job they have to be fit etc so if they arent still training with the Sharks extended squads then i assume they are with their allocated clubs…i mean it would be in the players best interests to do that not just the Sharks/Clubs

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.16 09:16:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Yeah…I wonder whether anyone can give us any info on that?

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.16 09:25:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : not as easy as you might think. They also fall under labour laws and it’s not as easy as saying “cheers and piss off”. Sharks would have had to pay a severance package that would have been close to the outstanding monthly salaries due to the players. Only good thing is the players now know they have to look for new opportunities as they have no future at the Sharks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.16 09:29:32 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : @pastorshark (Comment 19) : well we do know the Sharks used Jaco for some cricket :twisted: think the players will try to stay in shape as this will be the only chance they have of getting new playing opportunities.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.16 09:32:00 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : think the only person with that info is currently on jury duty.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.16 09:32:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : The severance would have been determined based on the length of the last contract they signed but anyway at the end of the day what the Sharks have done is good for the players welfare.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.01.16 09:35:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : yes and I’m glad they did. For me it sends out a good message to possible new players.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.01.16 09:58:00 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : my info is that they are not welcome to train with any squads. So, in other words, it’s on them to keep fit and in shape on their own.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.01.16 10:06:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : so they’re on paid holiday?! btw shouldn’t you be on jury duty?

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.01.16 10:10:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 24) : I think it shows that the Sharks are committed to the contracts they sign so the players should be as well both those now ‘let go’ and those still under contract. @robdylan (Comment 25) : Yeh i would figure as much..they would need to train with their clubs etc

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.01.16 10:17:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Thanks Rob. Do you know whether they are playing with their clubs?

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.01.16 10:19:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Cheeky Watson is…(enter the unflattering words of your choice here)…
    http://www.rugby365.com/countries/south-africa/70972-chaos-erupts-at-kings-hq

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.16 17:54:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : ja boet he will find a way to stay in power even if he has to ban all the clubs from the meeting!!!!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.01.16 22:00:27 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 30) : Harumph… :x

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.01.16 21:02:51 by pastorshark Reply
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