Three Sharks join Kings

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2017 at 15:53
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Deon Davids has been confirmed as head coach for the Kings for the next three years and will lead the team’s charge in the Guinness Pro 14. Having lost a number of players at the end of Super Rugby, Davids has been faced with the task of once again assembling a squad from scratch and has named a group of players who will represent the team in this new competition.

The Sharks, as before, have come to the aid of their neighbours, releasing flank Khaya Majola, scrumhalf Rowan Gouws and utility three quarter S’bura Sithole from their contracts in order that they might bolster the Kings ranks. It’s been decided that it’s in the best long term interests of all three players to enjoy regular game time in the Pro 14, rather than languish on the fringes of the squad in Durban.

We’d like to wish all three nothing but the very best for their new adventure in the colours of the Kings and hope their careers go from strength to strength on the new and exciting European stage.

Kings squad:
Berton Klaasen
Bobby de Wee
CJ Velleman
Cornal Hendricks
Dries van Schalkwyk
Jacques Nel
Jarryd Sage
Khaya Majola
Lubabalo Mtyanda
Lusanda Badiyana
Masixole Banda
Ntabeni Dukisa
Oliver Zono
Pieter-Steyn de Wet
Rowan Gouws
Sibusiso Sithole
Schalk Ferreira
Stephan Greeff
Tango Balekile
Tienie Burger
Victor Sekekete
Yaw Penxe
Kurt Coleman


  • Good move. Hope all stakeholders realize that this is the best decision especially for Khaya and Sbura. All the best guys. Enjoy Pro 14.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.17 15:58:56 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • Congrats guys and all the best and I hope you guys do the business in the new comp! Rob,is this a confirmed squad? Hope so,great to see Hendricks included, hopefully over the heart condition!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.17 16:08:08 by BarendL Reply
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  • All the best, men! Good luck for the pro14…

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.17 16:12:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There will be a lot of happy WP supporters currently with the last name on the list! 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.17 16:13:32 by BarendL Reply
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  • I’m very happy for Khaya and S’bura. They’re not getting backed at the Sharks and need to play.

    I didn’t want to lose Rowan Gouws, but there are so many scrmhalves he’s not really gong to play either.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.17 16:17:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good luck guys!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.17 16:23:34 by JD Reply
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  • Good luck, make us and the Kings proud. Im actually looking forward to this competition and to supporting both the SA teams that are playing. I will take far more interest in the Cheetahs and Kings now than if they were still plying their trade in Super Rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.17 16:55:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • guys – I am going to be supporting the Kings heavily in Pro 14. I hope you’ll understand if this site goes a little “KingsWorld” once the CC is over?

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.17 17:20:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : With you on this, really rate sithole, wish he grabs this opportunity with both hands

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.17 18:40:39 by jdolivier Reply

  • Surely this is not their full squad though… Only 23 players

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.17 18:49:35 by Karl Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : oh yeah me too! Already got a bunch of my colleagues pencilled in to go watch Kings vs Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium!

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.17 19:46:10 by gregkaos Reply
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  • What’s the situation with Wandile Mjekevu?

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.17 20:16:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 12) : he’s happy at the Stade Ernest Wallon, it would seem

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.17 21:50:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : back in france you say. good for him. never really got going by us or the kings due to many factors, but a good player, and all round nice person. best of luck to him as well. seem his best rugga in france.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.17 23:55:51 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 10) : Just the squad assembled thus far. so far so good.

    with Gouws gone our scrummie options: Cam, LS, mike the bike, venter and baby bok faf. anyone I’m missing ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.17 23:58:36 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @BarendL (Comment 4) : Yet colemans not a bad player, but with thomson leaving for scotland we likely are not getting Rob jr, if wp let us have Rob jr, their FH depth is thin.

    cant blame Lionel Cronjé choosing to play in japan over playing pro 14 for the kings, but maybe he plays the second half of the pro 14 season for them after the jap season ends

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.08.17 00:04:33 by revolverocelot Reply

  • I count 4 Lions players on the fringes of their squad so they pitched in as well.

    Dries van Schalkwyk back in sa to give the team some experience, interesting.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.08.17 00:08:42 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 15) : Damian Stevens, the Namibian

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.08.17 05:33:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m so sad to see Sithole leave the Sharks, he’s been one of my favorites for years. I hope he goes a very similar way as another favorite of mine, Craig Burden, and show why he should not have been backed in the black and white. All the best to these guys and the Kings. Hope both SA sides do well in the Pro14.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.08.17 07:27:36 by Hulk Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 16) : Yeah had a chuckle at work about that, will probably be a better player once he leaves WP ala Schreuder 😆
    @revolverocelot (Comment 15) : I’m wondering more along the lines of loose forwards,with Majola released we seem to only have Mthembu, Daniels and Vermeulen left of the squad, or am I missing someone?

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.08.17 07:28:33 by BarendL Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 20) : It’s a good point you raise. They’ll back Vosloo next and also Droste as a utility forward. Young Graham Geldenhuys (Ross’s younger brother) is also talented, as is Mike Meyer (Johnny’s brother)

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.08.17 08:03:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 20) : @robdylan (Comment 21) : Tyler Paul is also available unless they’re thinking of playing him fulltime at 4.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.08.17 08:19:35 by JD Reply
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  • They can at least give us Velleman for all the players we let go to them?

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.08.17 08:40:59 by coolfusion Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 16) : That thought crossed my mind as well, mind you they have the new wunderkind there now in Damian Willemse and if the press can be believed he is sure to start for the next few years at least. Stormers also still have Du Plessis.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.08.17 08:58:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Go for it

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.08.17 09:01:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : ah yes he got a game in last years currie cup against wp at newlands.

    So no worries on the scrum half depth, I rate Venter as well.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.08.17 20:24:09 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 19) : I figured we would lose him eventuality. has he had his ups and downs, yes. But his talented and at the peak if his career. I would have much rather have had sithole on the wing stead of seriously slow odwa against the lions last week :/

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.08.17 20:26:58 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Spot on Rob, I’d like to see at least one of the younger brothers make a appearance.

    with Hyron injured that results in vosloo, droste and paul, one has to start next to botha at lock the other covers lock on the bench and another covers flank. if Hyron could play everyone shifts down. dont we also have a lock by the name of zwart ? what are his stats: age, height, weight.

    Rob did elude to a SR big number four lock recruitment drive going, so maybe we get a fresh face next year to go along with botha, hyron, lewies.

    Oh man this reminds me of last year when I watched one of our currie cup qualifier (thats what the super sport challenge was called last year) and the commentator “hugh whats his face” kept referring to vosloo as dave mcduling all of 80 min, and I was shocked as they look nothing like one another, I had to have a closer look, did dave grow his hair long, start wearing a blue scrum cap, lose too inches of height ? lol.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.08.17 20:39:50 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 24) : But are they willing to have a depth chart of just Damian Willemse and Du Plessis (both talented players).

    with any luck them keep rob jr may not be up to them, maybe his contract is up and he chooses us, I dont know the details but people are speculating online like its a done deal, im not convince yet.

    Would rob sr really want another son in the team openning himself to further scrutiny about nepotism ? then again he may not care, he will pick the best team and people can say/write what they like.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.08.17 20:48:16 by revolverocelot Reply

  • What about rugby24 reporting that were are changing up our coaching staff by letting some assistants go and bring Dick Muir in to work under Rob dup ?

    And in other news Bulls snap up Marnitz Boshoff, solid signing. along with a 8th man by the name of venter from the lions that has their supporters upset, and athletic tim agaba

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.08.17 00:04:23 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 29) : Didn’t that argument die when the twins both made the Boks?? Nepotism implies someone less qualified gets promoted above someone more qualified due to him or her being related to the decision maker. In this case an independent body I.e. SARU has deemed them among the best in the country. I think that case can closed. Let Rob jr come. He can help us at 10 and 12.

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.08.17 06:30:27 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 29) : Rob mentioned last week that he thought we had already signed ROb jnr, so seems to be a done deal

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.08.17 07:13:46 by HeinF Reply

  • Seems Sharks hooker Stephan Coetzee is also at the Kings

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.08.17 08:35:05 by Baylion Reply


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