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Southern Kings announce more signings

2016-01-25 22:01
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Cape Town - The Southern Kings have confirmed three more player signings ahead of their return to the Vodacom Super Rugby 2016 competition.

Chief Operating Officer, Charl Crous, confirmed the signing of the young up and coming lock, Phillip du Preez (22) the versatile backline player, Jurgen Visser (26) and hooker, Martin Bezuidenhout (26).

Crous also confirmed that Sharks player, Jaco van Tonder (24), had joined the team on trial this week.

Du Preez has been described as one of the best up and coming line-out jumpers. He recently returned from France, where he played for Bayonne.

Du Preez started his professional rugby career playing for the Lions in the U18 Coca Cola Craven Week competition, before making the SA Schools team.

He then joined the Blue Bulls in the ABSA U19 competition before moving to the Cheetahs the following year to represent them in the U21 competition.

He made his Vodacom Cup debut for the Cheetahs in 2014.

Visser played 8 games for Western Province before relocating to Pretoria, where he played 40 matches for the Blue Bulls in Currie Cup and 31 matches for the Bulls in Super Rugby.

Visser is known for his versatility, and although playing mostly at fullback, he has also played at wing and scrumhalf.

Bezuidenhout, who played with Griquas in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup competitions last year, also played for the Stormers and the Lions in Super Rugby.

Van Tonder is also a versatile backline player.

He moved from the George based SWD Eagles, where he played U16 Grant Khomo and U18 Craven week competitions, to Kwazulu Natal, where he joined the Sharks.

He made his debut for them in the 2012 Vodacom Cup.

Current squad to date

Aidon Davis, 21, No 8

Chris Cloete, 24, Flank

Cornell Hess, 26, Lock

Cyril-John Velleman, 20, Flank

Edgar Marutlulle, 27, Hooker

Elgar Watts, 30, Flyhalf

Jacobie Adriaanse, 30, Tighthead Prop

Jacques (Vleis) Engelbrecht,30, No 8

James Hall, 19, Scrumhalf

John-Charles (JC) Astle, 25, Lock

JP du Plessis, 24, Centre

Jurgen Visser (26), Fullback

Kevin Luiters, 23, Scrumhalf

Leighton Eksteen,21, Scrumhalf, Flyhalf, Fullback

Louis Fouche, 25, Flyhalf

Lukhanyo Am, 22, Centre

Luzuko Vulindlu, 28, Centre/Wing

Malcolm Jaer, 20, Fullback

Martin Ferreira, 26, Hooker

Phillip du Plessis, 22, Lock

Schalk Ferreira, 31, Prop

Schalk Oelofse, 27, Lock

Shane Gates, 23, Flyhalf

Sipato Junior Pokomela, 19, No 8

Siyanda Grey ,26, Wing/Centre

Stefan Watermeyer, 27, Centre

Stefan Willemse, 23, Flank

Steven Sykes, 31, Lock

Tazz Fuzani, 25, Lock

Thembelani Bholi, 25, Flank

Tom Botha, 25, Prop

Tyler Paul, 20, Lock/Flank

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