Double injury blow for Kings

2013-01-10 15:52

Port Elizabeth - Southern Kings hooker, Hannes Franklin, and lock, Darron Nell, have both suffered knee injuries during Southern Kings training sessions this week.

Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said on Thursday that it looked as if Franklin would be out for between six to twelve weeks, after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a training session on Tuesday.

"We will have a better idea of the extent of the injury and duration of treatment in the next 24 hours," said Solomons.

Franklin made his professional debut for the Falcons in 2003 then spent one season at the Pumas and three seasons at the SWD Eagles, before returning to the Pumas in 2009. During his second spell at the Pumas, he also represented the Royal XV in a game during the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. He was also included in the Lions Super Rugby squad in 2010.

In 2010, Franklin captained the Pumas Currie Cup Premier Division side in the Promotion/Relegation match against the EP Kings Currie Cup 1st Division squad, leading the Pumas to a narrow victory which helped them avoid relegation.

Franklin then made the move across to the EP Kings in 2011, and has been a regular member of Kings' starting line-up ever since. He was named as part of the Southern Kings 40-man squad ahead of their Super Rugby debut earlier this week.

Nell, who is also part of the Southern Kings' 40-man squad, injured his knee during a training session on Monday when he collided with a partially exposed sprinkler head on the field.

"Darron has suffered a soft tissue injury, but thankfully there is no fracture. He is expected to be out for about three weeks," said Solomons.

Nell debuted for the Free State Cheetahs in the 2003 Vodacom Cup, where he remained until 2008 before joining the French Top 14 team Castres for two seasons.

He represented the Southern Kings in the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa and returned to South Africa in 2010 to play for the Eastern Province Kings.

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:

Rynier Bernardo, David Bullbring, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jaco Engels, Schalk Ferreira, Hannes Franklin, 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 (captain)

Demetri Catrakilis, 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


  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-01-10 16:03


      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-10 17:28

      Rugby players of colour the Eastern Cape developed from a young age over the years: 1.Bandise Maku. 2.Elton Jantjies. 3.Both Ndungane brothers. 4.Mvovo. 5.Kolisi. 6.Mabetha. 7.Deon Kaiser. 8.Ricardo Loubster. 9.Fabian Juries. It's a real shame Cheeky and Luke Watson ruined it all for the Province.

      luke.sportify - 2013-01-10 17:34

      @ Sean, the list continues, 90% of all black/coloured players playing in rugby over the past 15 years. You are obviously clueless about what has been happening in the last few years with regards to Cheeky Luke is a well respected player/captain as you will see come February In the future please spend a bit of time thinking before submitting your factless points

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-10 17:44

      @luke.sportify Obviously you have an opinion of the Watson's and so do I.So lets just leave at that shall we.Also leave your ranting and raving somewhere else.Listing 9 players here is in no way a comprehensive list by any stretch of the imagination, so why would I tire myself out trying to complete the damn "90% of all black/coloured players playing in rugby over the past 15 years" hey?

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-10 17:50

      Can you perhaps tell me what Cheeky & Luke Watson has done and what are you accusing them for????

      unclejb.vansiths - 2013-01-10 18:05

      Sean cheeky watson has brought the best provincial competition in the world to the Eastern Cape and that in turn will give young boys in the eastern cape the belief that their dreams can become reality. EP u21v and u19 teams have got plenty of players of colour and the NMMU vasity cup side aswell, this boys will play knowing they have a realistic chance of playing at the highest level unlike at other provinces who give them contracts to warm the bench and kill their careers before they even start.

      danie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-10 18:13

      @sean you twit EC didn't develope Elton jantjies.....EJ first went to school in the north west province, in high school he went to a school in johannesburg. So i doubt any of your information is correct.. The kings havent even started their campaign and already have injuries

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-10 18:38

      @Frankgerald en unclejb.vansiths Geen kwaad gevoelens teenoor die Southern Kings nie,maar baie mense se griewe teenoor hulle bestaan oor die politieke oorwegings wat gebruik was om die Kings in die Super Rugby kompetisie te kry.Wie weet dalk nog volgende jaar speel die Kings in die Currie Beker?Dink julle nie dit so meer sin gemaak het om hulle eers in die Currie Beker the kry om hulle self te bewys voordat hulle deel gemaak word van Super Rugby?Kyk eers hoe hulle vordering maak in 'n binnelandse toernooi voordat hulle geskuif word na Super Rugby toe.Ten minste word hulle spelers blootgestel op 'n hoër vlak van rugby voordat hulle die moelikste kompetisies in rugby(Super Rugby) aangryp.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-10 19:05

      @danie.joubert.7 You moron.Elton Jantjies played for Eastern Province under 13's Craven Week competition and only then did he get a full scholarship at Florida High School afterwards.Elton Jantjies grew up in Graaff-Reinet,which is in the Eastern Cape.So next time get your facts straight first and foremost before sounding like a complete fool. All that the people in the Eastern Cape ever wanted is a team representing their Province regardless of what the colour of their skin was.They support whomever their Province gets and who is capable of performing well.What the hell is wrong with that?It's the political garbage of the Watson's that's taken people's attentions away from what the hardline EC rugby supporters truly want.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-10 23:50

      luke, please add specific names to sean's list. If you say more than 90% of black players in rugby over the past 15 years comes from the EC, then it shouldn't be difficult for you.

  • victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-10 16:15

    Hope they get thumped by 50+ points every game!

      luke.sportify - 2013-01-10 17:18

      Hope they surprise a few over the new few years Unlike the toothless Lions....

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-10 17:51

      Only in your dreams Victor!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2013-01-10 18:40

      I hope you get robbed and you forever become a retard vic

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-10 23:54

      Suidlander and Luke is in for a looooong season, where their beloved team will get thumped by at least 50 points and will get booed and abused on every stadium in South Africa except that ugly white bubble in PE. And then they go on tour where the scores will be even higher and the crowds even more hostile. Enjoy!!!

      victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-11 11:30

      @suidlander be a retard just like you?

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-11 18:25

      Victor the ever present pesimist!! And if they do lose? what are you going to gain from it? Stop being angry about your life and failures!!

      victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-14 09:30

      At Ruan actually not Lion supporter, my anger is that Kings were given a slot without Lions having fair relegation match, kings did nothing to earn general rugby public's respect. Do you have a problem with me and most of the rugby public merely wanting consistent fair play? I am not a pessimist but a realist SA rugby must have the best they can field not just chop and change teams to suit cheeky and co! Regarding your comment about my life's failures. Don't project your low self worth onto myself.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-14 15:15

      Victor, you still remain a bonehead!! Its been said a 100 times, the smaller unions have fallen behind the big ones in the professional age, there is NO other way for such a province to get funding which = quality players, staff and venue. NO WAY!! so a forced move is needed. Also you are a pessimist, check you definitions and compare them to your initial statement.

      victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-14 17:05

      Ruan your small man syndrom shows! Again with the offensive remarks. Why don't you grow some balls admit your team got a free ticket and don't deserve my respect. Had your smaller union beaten the Lions in a fair relegation match then i would show respect because they would have deserved it but no! it was politics! The bottom line is your team earned nothing! So cry me a river, your small union, could not even beat a weakened cheetahs team at the currie cup playoffs last year - really what you think is gonna happen when its Crusadors vs kings????? You say I a pessimist WRONG I am a REALIST we looking at cricket scores here!

  • derrick.villiers - 2013-01-10 16:18

    and super rugby hasnt even started yet hahahahaahah justice!

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-10 18:41

      Derrick,Trev2,Caravan.bulls are you guys for real...!!! to laugh at injured players. Rugby is a contact sport and lots of players get injured. Just to remind you, that players like Bismarck, Schalk and a lot of other players get injured but do we laugh at the misfortune of these injured players,most definetly not. Some of us won't stoop to such a low level.

      Flemstone - 2013-01-10 19:22

      I don't resent the players, just the way they ended up in the competition. Imagine how these guys must feel? They're just trying to play rugby and make a living from it. Its pretty sick laughing about players getting injured.

      derrick.villiers - 2013-01-11 15:30

      im actually laughing at the kings as a whole, i will never laugh at a player getting injured..... i just like laughing at the kings, its one big joke....and i amgoing to be laughing the whole way through super rugby!!! u can try defend ur kings as much as u want....but they still going to be the team that was put into super rugby due to politics and not on merit!!!

  • trevor.dean.10 - 2013-01-10 16:36

    Welcome to Superrugby. This is what happens!

  • luke.sportify - 2013-01-10 17:23

    Squad players so they will survive Not long till the EC finally gets Super Rugby Give them a few years and we will see a few big upsets against SA teams like the old days at the Boet Glad the Lions are out, great Currie Cup side but pretty crap when it came to the big league

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-11 00:13

      The Lions are infinitely better than the Kings. The Kings won't get a few years. After this season, even if Cheeky and his henchmen's demand of more than one season is gifted to them, no-one will want to touch them. No player, no coach, no sponsor would want to be associated with those losers.

      Dwerg - 2013-01-11 11:29

      no arguements except that Ellis Park is losing sponsors and money. This is bad news for SA

  • andrebotes1982 - 2013-01-10 17:43

    A lot of sour grapes. Since when is it good to marvel yourself at another persons injury,sickness or pain? People really forgot the human side in this.

  • frank.grootboom - 2013-01-10 18:07

    I've said it before that these Lion supporters & the Cheeky & Luke Watson haters fan Club is never going to stop to make these derogatory remarks about the Kings. They are so desperate and pathetic that they sit day in and day out behind their computers/laptops waiting for an article about the Kings just to make a bad comment about the Kings to make themselves feeling better after their every year pathetic wooden spoon Lions has been booted out of Super rugby. Believe me these soar grapes,moaning,sulking crying babies Lion supporters are just not worth it. Go Kings Go and I know you will prove them wrong, eish but don't worry they are still going to find something bad to say,so just let them be! The poor pathetic souls will be out of Super rugby for an extended stay, The Kings will finish at least 3rd/4th in the SA conference and they will not beat the Bulls or Cheetahs in the play-off's or won't be able to beat the Kings if they should finish last the the SA conference.

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-11 08:31

      Lets rather wait and see jaycee! You also don't seem to grasp the realistic fact that there is a huge difference between the EP-Kings (a team from PE only) and the Super rugby Southern Kings. There is also a totally different sqaud of players and coaching staff.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-10 19:06

    Is any one aware of the fact that the Russian rugby team is here in Johannesburg and that they will be playing against the Jhb University on Monday night coming at 17h00 at the main Jhb university Rugby and athletics stadium next to Westdene dam!They also will be facing the Lions on Saturday the 19th at Ellis park! Come and support this great history making occasion!

  • craven.luyt - 2013-01-10 20:30

    Damn! I thought that maybe Luke and Cheeky were injured in a freak jacuzzi accident.

  • peet.vanderwesthuizen.7 - 2013-01-10 21:00

    Hi FrankGerald, I think it is a great opportunity for the Kings. BUT, do you believe one season is enough for them to stake a claim in Super Rugby, and their inclusion with no relegation matches? That is what upsets me, the fact that they are included when there are obvious other routes that would have suited them and SA rugby better, for example, trying to get into currie cup first? The whole situation (not sure if the media only made it worst) smells. And after their performance against the Cheetahs, what do think are the chances that they would be a force to be reckoned with?

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-11 08:45

      I understand what you are saying but it is unfortunetly not correct, Firstly the Super competition is not a domestic competition and the was never play-off matches to gain entry into the Super rugby competition. We only started with 10 and franchises had to go through an application process to gain entry,teams like the Rebels,the Force the Cheetahs ect. SARU fought very hard to get 6 teams into the Super rugby competition but did not succeed, hence the drop-out of the last place S.A conference franchise because they could'nt go back on their promise to the Kings anymore. There was just no other way and it was voted as such by all the S.A provinces in 2012.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-10 21:05

    lmfao @ the extended cv's of the Kings players- you will be hard pressed to find a press clipping of any of the matches either of them have played! They have learned well from WWE ito announcement of their players! I am really looking forward to this years Super |Rugby tournament- there is going to be some serious entertainment when the EP Kings play

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-10 23:51

    I wonder if some black Eastern Cape players will be picked in their place?

  • raeez.omar.5 - 2013-01-11 08:20

    Kings are gonna think they playing in a T20 tournament and not the Super Rugby Cant wait to see scores like 120-3...

  • luke.sportify - 2013-01-11 12:48

    Average IQ on here... around 40 i reckon

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-13 23:24

      Mainly because you are dragging us down. Why don't you stop posting so that we can then get that average IQ back up to 110.

  • derrick.villiers - 2013-01-11 15:24

    i dont want to hear of any kings supporter complaining of corrupt officials in government and people being in positions they dont deserve because thats exactly what the kings are!!! and you can say the lions dont deserve to be there but at least they finish in the top 4 just about every year in the currie cup... so obviously they deserve to be there........y the kings?

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