Kings call up Boetie Britz
Boetie Britz (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Southern Kings have called up forward Boetie Britz to their Super Rugby squad following the injury to Hannes Franklin.
Hooker Franklin tore the medial collateral ligaments in his left knee while training last week and is expected to be sidelined for between six to 12 weeks.
The Kings' Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, told the Algoa FM website
that Britz, who had been part of the larger training squad before the break last year, would be recalled to the squad to stand in for Franklin, who will undergo surgery on Thursday.
Britz, 25, played for Maties in the Varsity Cup in 2009 and 2010, helping them to two championships, before joining the EP Kings for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The Kings last week also lost lock Darron Nell
to a knee injury. Nell injured his knee during a training session when he collided with a partially exposed sprinkler head on the field. He is, however, only expected to be out for about three weeks.
The Kings, who will replace the Lions in this year's Super Rugby competition, start their campaign at home against Australia's Force on February 23.Southern Kings' 40-man Super Rugby squad:Forwards:
Boetie Britz, Rynier Bernardo, David Bullbring, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jaco Engels
, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Geldenhuys, Lizo Gqoboka, Virgil Lacombe, Tomas Leonardi, Bandise Maku
, Edgar Marutlulle, Mpho Mbiyozo, Darron Nell, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Steven Sykes, Wimpie van der Walt, Luke Watson
, Ronnie Cooke, Wesley Dunlop, Siyanda Grey, Johan Herbst
, Michael Killian, SP Marais, Scott Mathie, Waylon Murray
, Hadleigh Parkes, Sergeal Petersen
, Marcello Sampson, Shakes Soyizwapi, Wayne Stevens, Andries Strauss, Elrich van Vuuren, Shaun Venter, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead