Kings call up Boetie Britz

2013-01-14 16:57

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:

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 (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


  • ekke.oupa - 2013-01-14 17:52

    I am a Stormers supporter. However, it beats me that a brand like the Lions are sacrificed in favour of the KIngs. What I read into this report is that a team who has not yet started playing Super Rugby is already scratching for players. My approach is not negative towards the players, but to already scratch for apparently club players and the season has not yet started, requires serious inward reflection regarding the value of the decision to dump the Lions. Why there were no play-offs to decide the future of the Lions/ Kings is beyond me, unless the decision-makers anticipated the most likely outcome. Not good for SA rugby. Not good at all.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-14 18:17

      I understand your point and i somewhat aggree, however there is a little thing called capital shortfall that the Whole eastern province area has, not to mention the great coastal area between WP and Natal. The forced approach used by SARU is needed, because that is the only way to pump capital into an area left behind since the professional era. It is bad that the lions were cut, but they were cut because of a terrible record. It goes beyond me that very few people wish to be optimistic and say, if they win 2 games they will already be better than the lions record. South african rugby could only gain from this. Also if anyone reading this has ever been to a game in PE, you would notice that PE has the largest diverse supporter group of all provinces in attendance and are fanatic sport supporters. Thats my 2cents.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2013-01-14 18:30

      Ruan, I keep hearing people say that the Kings cannot be worse than the Lions. You mention that if the Kings win two games they "will already be better than the Lions record." Bear in mind that in 2012 the Lions won 3 (not 2) games. In fact they beat the team that ended up being the losing finalist! It is not a record to be proud of, I get this. But also bear in mind that in many games that they lost in 2012, the Lions were at least competitive. And injuries cost the Lions momentum as well in 2012. This has been downplayed by many, until it raised it's head at the Kings and now the excuses are coming thick and fast. The biggest problem for most Lions fans is not that we are not playing SUper Rugby this year, it is the manner in which it was handled. Add to this that gut feeling that the Kings will be given a reprieve from playing a relegation match in 2013 and you understand why we are disappointed. The Kings better win that warm-up match on 9 February! And SARU should invest in a great PR guy as well...

  • frank.grootboom - 2013-01-14 18:22

    Just know that you are going to make a province proud with a few wins and with some quality rugby as well. Exciting time ahead!! So happy that the Lions supporters has decided to leave us alone! What a relieve not to see their bad tasting, soar grapes,negative comments! We are fully behind you our Southern Kings!

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-14 19:02

      Yes werner I knew that the Lions supports and Southern King haters are not going to stop with some sort of bad and mostly bias comments. How can you expect any new-team in any major competition to suddenly win all their games and the competition in their first season. Please man,please! get real and be realistic. Just see ekke.oupa & sean,brady just negative comments all the way. To be honest, we don't CARE!!!!! One is writing about scracthing for club players while lots of franchises get injured players sometimes before the season starts,eg Stormers and Sharks to name a few and we don't make negatives comments about those players because we all know that injuries is part & parcel of rugby.The other one on how the Lions issue were handled but forgetting that the Lions were an embarrasment to SA-Rugby ending basically last every year and what nonsense about threatening SARU with a PR guy if the Kings loose. So what if they loose,its just a warm-up game.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2013-01-14 22:19

      Glad to see you missed my point completely! Consider this - In 2015 the competition is to be extended to 16 sides, with SA getting the extra team in. If the Kings get beaten badly in each game [which is likely considering the mess SARU have made of all this] the value of SA sides as a whole is cheapened. So SANZAR may just decide that adding the extra SA side is a waste of time and give the position to a side from NZ, or maybe even Argentina. In this scenario the PR guy's job would be to speak up SA rugby, and ensure that we get that extra side into Super Rugby!!! As for injuries, they are part and parcel of rugby. Last year the Lions scratched around and even had to include Varsity Cup players in their squad. These things happen, the nature of the game. The bigger Unions [Sharks and Stormers] tend to have great depth so they get through this better. Lastly be careful of calling the Lions an embarrassment until your side have completed their first season. Records are there to be broken, even the bad one.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-01-15 14:29

      Don't worry there won't be any wins and no quality rugby, don't lie to yourself, please..

      unclejb.vansiths - 2013-01-15 15:39

      Sean the Lions went a season and a half without winning a game, if thats not embarrasment then i dont know what is. Trust me i know embarrasment I've supported Border all my life and we usually go a whole season without a win but never a season and a half.

      frank.grootboom - 2013-01-15 18:55

      Yes Louis we have honestly nothing to worry about,just looking forward to an exciting Super rugby competition with lots of quality top-class rugby in the E/Cape. How can you accuse me of lying for something that has'nt happen yet. Its only predictions about quality rugby with a few good wins as well. We will take everything from the 9th Feb after the warm-up match against the Lions. For now, lets just wait & see!

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2013-01-14 18:31

    You are in a competition to win the competition not just a few games

  • Trevor - 2013-01-14 21:50

    Can't wait to see the kings loose by huge margins,really can't wait

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-14 23:11

      This will be the first season ever that I will support the Brumbies in one game. But 23 March, Kings vs. Crusaders. Can't wait to see that cricket score. 100 for 5? Or 100 all out?

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2013-01-15 08:01

      actually i can't wait to see you both choking on your sofas, you twats

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-15 08:15

      suidlander, you reckon the Kings will lose by less than 50 points against the Crusaders? In Christchurch? Or worse do you actually think they will beat the Crusaders? Because that is the only two ways I will be able to choke on my sofa (if I ever decide to eat my sofa). If you honeslty believe that the Kings will not get 50 points put on them, would you then do me a favour and say hi to Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny.

      dorian.rossouw - 2013-01-15 09:48

      lol suidlander los hierdie 2 namparras,dis duidelik dat hulle lions supporters is...hulle is naargatte wat nounog kwaad is,lol hulle is die laughing stock hier in die ooskaap.maar soos altyd gese word:daar is geen substitute vir naartjies Nie

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-01-15 14:34

      Jip dorian en julle gaan die laughing stock in die hele geskiedenis van Rugby wees, never mind die ooskaap, duh.

  • mario.roodt - 2013-01-15 06:28

    Boetie gaan border toe!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-15 07:08

      Baie skerp!

      karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-15 07:17

      Hahaha nice one

  • mario.roodt - 2013-01-15 06:40

    It's Cheecky's clever tactic to force SARU to review the "only 2 international players per franchise" policy they addopted. SARU would not intentionally embarras themselves by allowing a sub standard franchise to participate in Super Rugby, thus with the state the Kings are in SARU might just have to grant Cheecky's pleas to allow all 6 his international signings to play. What happened to a predominantly ethnic black Super Rugby franchise??? Looks more like a Barbarian team! SARU will have egg in their face... one way or another!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-15 07:09

      mario, too late for that. The whole Kings saga has made SARU already the laughing stock on this side of the world.

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-15 08:14

    I see there are a few optimistic supporters here. It is going to become increasingly difficult to remain so.

  • gordon.pillay.73 - 2013-01-15 11:24

    The only comment that makes any sense is that of Ruan.Smith, the rest are based on emotions, which clouds the mind of laterall thinking. Exellent view point Ruan.

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2013-01-15 14:38

    Nie eers Chuck Norris sal julle kan red nie, ha ha amper kots ek.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-15 16:07

      You can do with a little bulemia!!

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