Kings snap up Worcester Warriors lock
Port Elizabeth - The Southern Kings have announced the signing of lock Wilhelm van der Sluys on a loan agreement from English Premiership side
The arrival of Van der Sluys in Port Elizabeth comes ahead of the Kings' clash with the Stormers this weekend and is timely following a recent spate of injuries in the lock
department for the Eastern Cape side.
The Kings lost Mzwanele Zito to a concussion last weekend
against the Sunwolves, Irne Herbst suffered the same fate in the opening match against the Jaguares while Cameron Lindsay has been ruled
out for 12 weeks with an MCL (knee) tear. Two other locks, Sintu Manjezi and
Wandile Putuma, have also been nursing leg injuries.
“We are happy to have Wilhelm van der Sluys joining us this
season,” Southern Kings coach Deon Davids said.
“We are confident that he will contribute positively to the
team and further beef up our good calibre of locks that we already have in the
team. Wilhelm will adjust quickly and easily to our systems, and we look
forward to seeing him in action in Southern Kings colours.”
The 25-year-old lock, who stands at 1.98-metres and 103kg,
was schooled at Paarl Boys’ High School and represented Western Province at
various youth teams.
In 2010, Van der Sluys was part of the Western Province
Under-19 team that won the U-19 Currie Cup campaign.
In 2011, he was part of the South Africa Under-20
team that toured Argentina.
Van der Sluys showed his leadership qualities when he
captained the Western Province U-21 team and he also captained Maties to a Varsity Cup
At the end of last year’s Currie Cup, Van der Sluys joined
the Worcester Warriors, where former Springbok assistant coach, Gary Gold, holds
the director of rugby position.
The Southern Kings also have Lions centre
Stokkies Hanekom on trial. The 27-year-old is undergoing a medical assessment at the
Southern Kings before a loan agreement is reached.