EP Kings announce 2014 squad and fixtures

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 6 Nov 2013 at 08:27
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EP Rugby announced their pre-season friendlies and their squad for 2014 during a media briefing yesterday. The first round of friendlies see the Super Rugby Franchise, The Southern Kings, playing the Cheetahs on the 25th of January, the Lions on the 1st of February and the Stormers on the 7th of February, all three matches will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Its not confirmed yet, but matches against the 2013 Currie Cup Champions, the Sharks, and the Bulls could be played during the Incoming tour Series in June.

During their Super Rugby matches, the Southern Kings lost to the Cheetahs 12 – 26 in Bloemfontein and 22 – 34 in Port Elizabeth. They narrowly lost to the Stormers in Cape Town 11 – 19, and 12 – 24 in Port Elizabeth. In their promotion / relegation matches, the Lions managed to beat the Southern Kings in the first match in Port Elizabeth by 7 points, 26 – 19, but failed to do the same at home, losing 18 – 23.

The Kings also announced their squad for 2014, contracting a lot of their u21 players from this year to form a relatively young squad mixed with more senior and experienced players.

EP Kings squad 2014:

BG Uys (25), Schalk Ferreira (29), Charl du Plessis (26), Lizo Gqokoka (23), Brenden Olivier (21), Pieter Stemmet (21), Simon Kerrod (21)

Albe de Swardt (23)

Steven Sykes (29), Rynier Bernardo (22), Darron Nell (33), Samora Fihlani (28), Thembelani Bholi (23)

Tim Agaba (24), Luke Watson (29), Devon Oosthuisen (25), Aidon Davis (19), Stefan Willemse (21), Paul Schoeman (20), Siya Mangaliso (23), Kuhle Sonkosi (21), Claude Tshidibi (20)

Jaco Grobler (21), Kayle van Zyl (21)

George Whitehead (24), Ntabeni Dukisa (25), Marlou van Niekerk (20)

Shane Gates (21), Andries Strauss (29), Ronnie Cooke (29), Siyanda Grey (24), Tiger Mangweni (33), Andile Jho (21), Lonwabo Ntleki (21)

Sergeal Petersen (19), Michael Killian (29), Eben Barnard (21), Brian Skosana (21), Ofentse Boloko (21)

Shakes Soyizwapi (20), Scott van Breda (21)


  • New signings BG Uys, Jaco Grobler (Leopards) Simon Kerrod (Sharks)

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.11.13 08:42:38 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • How many of these guys are from Border or SWD.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.13 09:13:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Loving their hooker depth, hahaha
    Whats happened to Wesley Dunlop? Moved on again?
    To be honest that looks like a Vodacom Cup side to be fair.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.13 09:14:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 2) : why would that be important? This is their Vodacom Cup side…

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.13 09:38:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • not a bad squad at all.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.13 09:38:09 by Uli Reply
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  • Well they have a year to build and settle without huge pressure – they will miss Alan Solomons though.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.13 09:54:21 by Caratacus Reply

  • Isn’t Schalk Ferreira playing in Europe, and what happened to Hannes Franklin and their other hookers?

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.13 10:29:20 by StevieS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : 😳 Not important at all other than in the article it mentions “The first round of friendlies see the Super Rugby Franchise, The Southern Kings….” so presumably there would be a few from the other 2 unions.

    Must admit that Watson, Sykes and Peterson’s names stick out like sore thumbs there – Im sure they will get drafted into one of the Super 15 franchises.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.13 10:30:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : I thought the Stormers would hunt Sykes for lock depth, or that we might even try to lure him back after our lock crisis this year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.13 10:35:33 by StevieS Reply
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : The friendlies will be against a Southern Kings squad, the squad mentioned here is for Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup 2014

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.13 11:30:14 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 9) : I heard that they were looking at him just before the CC.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.13 12:12:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 10) : Thanks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.13 12:12:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • 1 standout player, reflecting the previous Sharks attitude to juniors: Simon Kerrod started for Rovers in Community Cup, played Vodacom Cup for us & has already played for SA Barbarians vs Saracens. Maks van Dyk was a Baby Bok starter & Vodacom Cup starter. Both unwanted by Sharks it seems… So who’s going to be our tightheads during Currie Cup 2014 when Jannie & Adriaanse are both with the Boks?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.13 12:17:15 by disgruntled shark Reply

  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 13) : Wiehahn Herbst and Marne Coetzee?

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.13 12:44:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • As my name states I’m a kings fan,but that squad doesn’t impress much. We are building for 2016, that’s why there are so many 21 year old players, even two of 19 and some 20 years. They said they are looking for more hookers[haha sounds funny]. Kings will allways fight above their weightclass untill they get into a stronger league and can get bigger sponsers and then get better players. A catch 22…… Kings u/19 and u/21 are full of black players…..up to 11 of the starting 15…..that’s a lot….GREAT!!!! Without cc they will get lost. Too see s15 live here was awesome!! Can’t wait for 2016!!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.13 12:44:06 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 15) : Currie Cup if SARU pull it off will do a lot for the Kings. Also to see a stadium full for every game is a pleasure. 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.13 13:09:20 by Caratacus Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 15) : What happened to all of their hookers? That guy they bought from the Pumas was a good player, Hannes Franklin I think?

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.13 14:28:37 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 17) : Hannes Franklin had his time in the sun, they opted to keep Franklin and lost Frankie Herne, he went to the Pumas. Its difficult to contract players if you not playing top rugby, players want to play SR or they play overseas, Maku went to the Bulls, Lacombe went back to France, Marutulle went back to the Lions I think

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.13 15:56:53 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Yes a lot of guys went back to there teams after s15. H Franklin is getting abit old and slow. A couple of loosies tried there hand at hooker, but lineout throws cut them short. We’ll find someone….

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.13 16:27:22 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 18) : @KingsArmy (Comment 19) : Thanks for the info guys.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.13 18:47:20 by StevieS Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 18) : Marutlulle – Leopards

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.13 19:51:56 by Baylion Reply

  • What would be an ideal situation would be to increase the number of A Div teams to eight teams i.e. bring Griquas back and promote the EP Kings to join the Pumas and rest of the big guns. The B Div could be kept at eight teams if they were to bring in a Namibian and Zimbabwian team. The only problem is that it would mean 14 games before the semi final. That will at least give the EP Kings some experience at a higher level of rugby before they have another go at Super Rugby.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.13 21:47:58 by markp Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 21) : ok cool, wasnt sure, thanks

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.13 22:07:04 by pierre_mackie Reply

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