Kings’ forces arrive

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Nov 2016 at 14:04
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The Southern Kings have started to announce some of their new signings for the upcoming Super Rugby season that kicks off at the end of February.

Having lost a number of senior players to overseas clubs and other South African provinces, the Kings had to go yet again on the hunt to sign available players to join their franchise for the new Super Rugby season.

Kings management announced earlier this week that they have signed former Lions and Montpellier prop Schalk van der Merwe. The 25 year old, who will be on the bench for the Baa-Baas against the Springboks this weekend, will join the Southern Kings after his time with the Barbarians.

Along with van der Merwe, the Kings have also confirmed the availability of two loan players from the Cell C Sharks in Wandile Mjekevu and Neil Maritz. Mjekevu made a few appearances for the Kings towards the end of their 2016 campaign.

It was also confirmed that Chris Heiberg, Irne Herbst, Wandile Putuma, Garrick Mattheus, Yaw Penxe and Sintu Manjezi have joined the squad.

Heiberg has made 23 appearances, mainly off the bench, for the Australian Super Rugby franchise the Force over the last three seasons.

Herbst who was part of the 2013 Springbok IRB Junior World Championship team, who finished third after their semi-final defeat to Wales, made his senior debut for the Bulls in the 2016 Currie Cup qualifiers.

Both Putuma and Penxe have played most of their rugby at Border and have come through the junior ranks.

Mattheus, who was part of the Eastern Province Kings team who won the 2015 Under-19 Provincial Championship, made his senior debut for the EP Kings in the Currie Cup qualifiers. He scored a total of 66 points in his eight appearances.

Manjezi has come through the ranks, having represented Eastern Province from U16 level. He made his senior debut for the EP Kings in this year’s Currie Cup qualifiers.

There are also two new additions to the coaching staff in Vuyo Zangqa and David Williams.

The former Blitzbok, Zangqa will be in charge of the backs with Williams as the new attack and skills coach.

Williams previously worked as assistant coach with the Kobelco Steelers in Japan, academy coach at Bath in England, coaching consultant at SACS in Cape Town, and coaching coordinator and academy coach at London Irish in England.

The Southern Kings will face the Jaguares in their first match on the 25th of February at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Possible Southern Kings squad:


Martin Bezuidenhout, Thembelani Bholi, Chris Cloete, Christiaan de Bruin, Schalk Ferreira, Justin Forwood, Chris Heiberg, Irne Herbst, Cameron Lindsay, Sintu Manjezi, Andisa Ntsila, Tyler Paul, Wandile Putuma, Schalk van der Merwe, CJ Velleman, Mike Willemse, Stefan Willemse, Onke Dubase (on trial)


Chrysander Botha, Lionel Cronje, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Ntabeni Dukisa, Siyanda Grey, James Hall, Malcolm Jaer, Berton Klaasen, Neil Maritz, Sampie Mastriet, Garrick Mattheus, Wandile Mjekevu, Waylon Murray, Yaw Penxe, Ricky Schroeder, Johan Steyn, Johann Tromp, Luzuko Vulindlu, Coyi Banda (on trial), Makazole Mapimpi (on trial)


  • I think CJ Velleman has moved to Toulon and isn’t James Hall also in France?

    Would be great for the Kings if they could get Lionel Cronje. So much talent but he has yet to realise his potential!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.11.16 14:41:34 by ChrisS Reply
  • Any update on a sponsor for them or are they still just going to piggyback on SARU? May as well call them the SARU Kings then…

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.11.16 14:49:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • Not sure about a sponsor but Im certain Cheeky will be announcing the biggest sponsorship deal the world has seen some time soon, this will be repeated a few times over next few months, years, decades.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.11.16 16:45:16 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Yaw Penxe does not sound like a local beer…

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.11.16 17:55:29 by coolfusion Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) : Hall is back for supers.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.11.16 17:56:29 by coolfusion Reply

  • How are they paying for this? And who in their right mind would sign with this train wreck of a union?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.11.16 17:58:04 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : Awesome news! And Velleman? I really rate him as a fetcher!!!

    Where has Lionel Cronje been since he left the Sharks?

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.11.16 18:08:10 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 7) : Don’t know about Lionel. But that is a good point. I also think he could be good if he got some good exposure and some mentoring. Van Straaten could have given him that.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.11.16 18:21:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 7) : Velleman is a loss to SA rugby. A good club will see his worth and he won’t be back.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.16 18:22:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : @ChrisS (Comment 1) : Velleman was injured if I remember correctly, rumours linked him with Toulon. I’ll prob be here another season or two finishing his studies first I think

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.16 18:34:55 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) : not a Cronje fan, not sure where he went after works released him?

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.16 18:37:17 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : think SARU will pick up the tab again

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.11.16 18:38:54 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : @ChrisS (Comment 7) : Hall will prob also stick around for another season before one of the bigger unions pick him up

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.11.16 18:40:48 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 13) : Hope it’s us. He is going places that kid.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.11.16 18:46:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 11) : seemed to disappear! Glad for the supporters that the Kings is getting a couple of new players!

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.11.16 19:54:18 by JD Reply
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  • Add:

    Lionel Cronje – Utility (last seen at the Sharks in 2015)
    Tango Balekile – Hooker (2016 u20 Boks, EP u21)

    On loan:
    Ntabeni Dukisa – Centre (Border/Griquas)
    Mzwanele Zito – Lock/Flank (Griquas)
    Alshaun Bock – Wing (Griquas)
    Rudi van Rooyen – Scrumhalf (Griquas)

    Lusanda Badiyana (flank) and David Murray (prop) – EP Academy hasbeen invited to train with the Kings

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.11.16 23:52:51 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 16) : can even add Kanko as he’s also all but disappeared after the 7’s?!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.11.16 00:21:06 by JD Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 12) : Generous chaps those SARU guys…need to go for beers with them and maybe they pick up the tab. Wonder if they going to bail out WP Rugby now too?

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.11.16 08:59:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @JD (Comment 17) : Kanko was in the commentary box for the Japan vs Argie game this weekend so must mean he is back in Japan

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.11.16 09:04:49 by SheldonK Reply


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