First Kings contracts revealed

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 14 Dec 2015 at 10:01
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The newly-reformed (or is that annexed?) Southern Kings have finally managed to confirm a list of contracted players. Numbering only 20, this is clearly just a start as the SARU_controlled franchise operates in serious catch-up mode to try and prepare for next year’s Super Rugby competition.

Former EPRU CEO Charl Crous will act as COO of the Southern Kings, a new body which has nothing at all to do with the bankrupt provincial union in Port Elizabeth.

Luke Watson joins a host of other Kings Currie Cup players in being exluded from the contract list.

Southern Kings signings (to date): Malcolm Jaer (20, Fullback), Siyanda Grey (26, wing/centre), JP du Plessis (24, centre), Stefan Watermeyer (27, centre), Elgar Watts (30, flyhalf), Louis Fouche (25, flyhalf), Shane Gates (23, flyhalf), James Hall (19, scrumhalf), Kevin Luiters (23, scrumhalf), Aidon Davis (21, No 8), Sipato Junior Pokomela (19, No 8), Cyril-John Velleman (20, flank), Stefan Willemse (23, flank), Thembelani Bholi (25, flank), Cornell Hess (26, lock), Steven Sykes (31, lock), Tyler Paul (20, lock/flank), Schalk Ferreira (31, prop), Tom Botha (25, prop), Edgar Marutlulle (27, hooker)


  • Where is Watson Snr?

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.12.15 10:37:09 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Hmm only 2 locks, 2 props and 1 hooker…i hope they are fit…

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.12.15 10:47:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • So does this new SR team have anything to do with the Eastern Cape?
    What will happen to the funds generated from SR by this new SARU run (or owned?) franchise?
    Is this our first taste of central contracting in SA?

    Plenty of questions surrounding this new? franchise….

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.12.15 10:56:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • New Kings jersey seems very fitting, it’s hideous.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.12.15 11:57:38 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : oooh eish…ya i dunno about those

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.12.15 12:02:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 5) : More like the “Southern King’s Jesters” ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.12.15 12:03:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 5) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : Really ugly…

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.12.15 13:55:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 5) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : I am bursting with pride in our jerseys now. I liked them before, now I love them!!!

    Those Kings jerseys are like my really comfy, old pyjamas. Something not to be worn in public ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.12.15 14:01:40 by StevieS Reply
  • @pastorshark (Comment 7) : Terrible

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.12.15 14:02:04 by StevieS Reply
  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 1) : holiday?!?!?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.12.15 14:04:47 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 5) : @pastorshark (Comment 7) : @StevieS (Comment 8) : should they not play in Green and Gold as it’s the official colours of their owners (SARU)?!?! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.12.15 14:07:30 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : to answer your questions:
    No (will only use some of their players)
    What money? (can’t see them making money will be more like SARU paying out money)
    Yes (I really do believe they might use this to motivate central contracting).
    Any more questions?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.12.15 14:10:36 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : No man. These poor guys have been through enough. Are those Puma flops they are wearing with their BLK kit – that cant be right, they are opposing sports clothing brands.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.12.15 14:19:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 8) : Im still not convinced by the Sharks Red Jersey…unless its just a practice one. I like the Black and White ones though.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.12.15 14:32:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • interesting that Puma’s currie cup captain Stefan Watermeyer (27, centre) has signed on to player for the kings (not sure if its just for super rugby)

    his a good player (wouldnt go so far as to say world class, but good). On the strength of his performances in the currie cup questions were raised as to which SR franchise would he get a chance by, lions have depth at centre in relation to proven quality, numbers and youth

    I would have like us to have gotten him, just to add abit of experience to our squad, his a inside centre correct ?

    Then again maybe he wasnt keen to start off below young guys like esterhuisen and williams on the inside centre depth chart

    our centre options are

    (*) means not officially contracted yet as far as I and aware

    who else ?

    Watermayer could have been a decent option

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.12.15 18:35:21 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 15) :9.claassens 10.le roux/joe pietersen 12.lambie pietersen 11.mvovo 14.sithole 15.joe pietersen/le roux?
    inside centres (options): esterhuizen, williams,johan deysel, marius louw, paul jordaan,lambie.
    outside centres (options): jordaan,sithole,mjekevu,am,jp pietersen.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.12.15 18:45:51 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 15) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 16) : think Sharks are covered at centres. For me the biggest concerns are hooker and tight head prop.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.12.15 18:51:31 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : yes hooker big question is how cooper will perform next season.chili only eligible from tighthead prop there is coenie,adriaanse,engelbrecht.thomas must concentrate on loosehead prop.we have lots of options at no7(potgieter,du preez x2,bothma,deysel,de bruyn – oosthuizen?) but not so at no6 (coetzee,majola,kleynhans).can tera play 6?though i want him to play 8,but vd walt is also good (player rotation ).how will the sharks play the breakdowns?brussow??maybe a signing at no6 and tighthead prop (if only for sr season).hookers must put in the hard work in the off-season.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.12.15 19:16:29 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 18) : Sharks needs a good tight head and hooker as non of the current players are really ready for Super rugby. With time they could become ready but can’t see them performing next year.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.12.15 23:54:11 by JD Reply
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  • Oh good god the Kings new jersey makes them look like clowns! Jesters! What a shocking strip! Also, there is hardly any difference between their home and away strips!

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.12.15 09:33:14 by Gold_Must_Go Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 19) : doubt we will see additions made to the [email protected] said it was mentioned on sharksbite that further signings will be announced in january,but think those will be uanivi,johan deysel and rhyno smith.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.12.15 09:46:12 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 21) : ja I also think no more new guys will be added but one can hope!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.12.15 10:34:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : brussow is in no superrugby squad yet.price tag too much?has he given up hope to play for the boks?he was put on stand-by for rwc.also new bok coach to be announced.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.12.15 11:16:39 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 23) : Thought Brussouw said he was only playing in Japan fulltime after RWC

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.12.15 11:22:03 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : really?interesting.wonder how the sharks will play the breakdowns?options at no6 coetzee,majola,kleynhans.maybe even tera?chris cloete going to the lions?

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.12.15 11:27:43 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 25) : Yeh Brussouw said he was leaving the Cheetahs to play fulltime in Japan. If a team tries to rely on 1 guy for the breakdowns then we in trouble. Its a collective effort and all about playing in combos. Its also about creating as many rucks as possible on defense to slow ball down but minimising rucks on attack. So for me it doesnt matter which guy has the no.6 jersey as long as the loose trio combine well.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.12.15 11:32:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) :breakdowns (cleaning,”fetching”) is a basic rugby skill like passing and catching,not position specific.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.12.15 11:40:35 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 27) : Id prefer guys to focus on dominating the tackle than waiting for someone else to tackle so they can try steal the ball. If all are focussed on hitting or driving the guy back in the tackle then its very easy to be effective at the breakdown. Likewise on attack the ball carrier either needs to move the ball before contact or drive through the contact so that opposition have to retreat before attacking the breakdown.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.12.15 11:44:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : At least they got BLK to sponsor their jerseys. ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.12.15 15:46:06 by Ben Reply
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