Kings lure Adongo to PE

2013-01-02 15:00

Cape Town - Super Rugby newcomers, the Southern Kings, have signed promising Kenyan forward Daniel Adongo for the duration of the Super Rugby season.

The 23-year-old has had stints at the Sharks and Bulls and most recently played for New Zealand side, Couties Manakau, in New Zealand's ITM Cup.

According to Die Burger's website, Adongo is currently contracted to the Potchesftroom-based Leopards, and is being loaned to the Kings for the Super Rugby season. His team-mate at the Leopards, hooker Edgar Marutlulle, is also joining the Port Elizabeth side on loan for the competition.

The 1.98m and 113kg Adongo can be utilised at either lock or flank.

He told his birth country's Daily Nation website he can't wait to finally make his Super Rugby debut.

“I am so delighted that I should realise my dream of playing in Super Rugby after only having played for Blue Bulls in build up towards the 2012 Super Rugby,” he said.

He also thoroughly enjoyed his stint in New Zealand.

“My first season with the Counties has been superb and eventful, having been part of the team that won the Championship,” said Adongo.

Counties Manukau beat Otago 41-16 to qualify for the ITM Cup Premiership at the end of October.

The victory secured Counties’ first piece of silverware since winning the old second division in 1993.

Adongo is due to arrive in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.


  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-01-02 15:12

    What a joke,the Kings were supposed to encourage and promote the Eastern Cape talent,its a futile if all you do is buy players from outside the province,#pathetic

      brian.dureuck - 2013-01-02 15:27

      Only 3 sharks were born in kzn u phuz

      francois.snyman.98 - 2013-01-02 15:30

      Yes absolutely. This Cheeky Watson is totally bonkers. How is he going to compete with almost an entire team of imports???????? Doesn't he know SARU has rules and regulations? Or is he thinking he will single-handedly change them?

      francois.snyman.98 - 2013-01-02 15:52

      Hendrik, Cheeky fits in so well with the ANC and its empty promises it isn't true!

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2013-01-02 15:59

      True Warren, all that will matter now is to make money. Cheeky trick pulling the wool!

      andrebotes1982 - 2013-01-02 16:08

      What a joke when the lions and cheetahs play super rugby and they just never get better. Here is a clean slate and a new start that could get better and better.

      luke.sportify - 2013-01-02 18:32

      Warren, development is happening in the background, their academy is new but is already producing talent You want the Kings to start with their U/20 players in year 1... Give these guys time you are pathetic

      renaldogouws - 2013-01-04 20:06

      What every single Kings hater forgets is that EP was pushed aside and it's talent stolen and now everyone expects the Kings to do wonders with having been pushed aside with no sponsors and no money. You would rather stick with a bottom of the log team than a team that can actually get an opportunity. Shame on you.

  • Trevor - 2013-01-02 15:33

    Brian so you do you support you c...

  • Trevor - 2013-01-02 15:39

    Hey Brian are a king supporter

  • Brad - 2013-01-02 15:46

    @brian....firstly, I seriously doubt that, but secondly, if it *is* true, the Sharks aren't lying about it in order to get a free place in Super Rugby that they don't deserve.

  • andrebotes1982 - 2013-01-02 16:01

    Its professional sports where everyone gets bought and sold! Developing talents takes years so how are they supposed to develop talent in 6 months. Developing talent means you start from the bottom not the top. This argument is getting very old.

      peter.vanzyl.948 - 2013-01-02 16:26

      Well the issue here is this: Watson and his "ANC MASTERS" kept on whinging that "all of the black talent that has been, and was developed in the Eastern cape over the last #400 years# etc were playing in or had been playing in other provinces!!!! Now the kings - read watson - has the chance to use "the dazzling array" of black talent that he has access to, but instead he "imports" players from S.America and elsewhere, all white!!!!!!!!!! What a Ponce!!! CLEAN SLATE???????? The only Clean Slate for the Kings will be under the "matches won" column in the Log tables published weekly! Face it man, P.E. is the Backside of the Desert, always was, and always will be!! The only thing you guys have going for you is is - The Wind. Lots of it!! And now its coupled to to Cheekys mouth, it produces a LOT OF HOT AIR!!!

      viva.lebok - 2013-01-02 17:46

      You surely are a plonker. Cheeky has been going on for years that tere are many great black players coming out of the Eastern cape. he has had 400 years to prepare, not 6 months. Every Super team is allowed 2 imports. The Sharks have had just one import. The Kings have not even started and the already have 4 imports in their books. WHAT HAS HAPPENDED TO ALL THE GREAT BLACK PLAYERS. I recall PdV also stated beofre he was nominated as Bok coach, there are atleast 60 blacl players that will make his Bok team.....where were they when he was made coach.

      andrebotes1982 - 2013-01-02 23:49

      You 2 must be lions supporters that's why u have something to say. Its ure mentality that got u thrown out of Super rugby! Developed too much talent and didn't win games. Cheeky is doing it the other way around. Rather builds a team to win games than develop the talent. The black players are in the same place as the Super rugby wins and trophies the lions promised. Surely losing is becomming a habit for u guys now. Enjoy the B section looooosers!

  • zwartsj - 2013-01-02 16:25

    I did not know that Kenya can be considred as part of the Eastern Cape because surely thats the only way Cheeky can include this man in the Kings lineup.

      andrebotes1982 - 2013-01-02 16:54

      Didn't know that france is part of the sharks. Surely this is the only way that freddie michalek gets to play for the sharks?

  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-01-02 16:56

    After being on the bad end of the beating stick, this chap will run back to Kenya or the Bull's or Counties in NZ... Talk about killing your dreams of playing decent rugby!

      luke.sportify - 2013-01-02 18:19

      45 all out....

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-01-02 20:32

      And that means what? Proteas are way better than the Black caps or haven't you really watched much cricket... maybe you're one of those supporters that only tunes in during world cups! If you're an avid Kings supporter, then think of me every weekend when SA, NZ and Auzzie teams are thrashing your pathetic, politically motivated team for it's entire S15 career of '1' season!

  • luke.sportify - 2013-01-02 18:17

    Sport 24 users, clueless in 2013 as in 2012 How are you meant to develop players without a core of decent players in key positions? Alan S is director of rugby so why all the mention of Cheeky Rather stick to reading The Son SARU have done everything they could to make sure the SK's fail Lets give them a chance Rather them than the toothless Lions From a Sharks supporter

      john.boulter.9 - 2013-01-03 08:52

      Because they said they had a team of 30 players on book to play for them. But in true Watson style its bull. Hope they fail.

      luke.sportify - 2013-01-04 11:28

      Where you read that John? in Die Son?

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2013-01-02 18:57

    How many of us (Lions fans) criticize from a sheer point of jealousy. Everybody knows your first year of super rugby is the hardest ask rebels ( with all their stars) if you are in doubt. If I was staring at the barrel of the same gun that is facing Kings, I would make sure I sign every descent player available to make sure I survive the first season then slowly introduce young talent

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-02 22:32

    Ah! I was wondering where Cheeky will get his quota of black players. Kenya does seem the most logical option.

  • shaun.swindon.3 - 2013-01-03 06:25

    Lets be honest here. Odonga arrived at the Sharks and was found out to not have a full set of ball skills. His vision is a problem as he battles to catch and sometimes pass properly. In rugby you can imagine how difficult this could be for him or the team which is paying him a huge salary. Thus why the Sharks, Bulls and Counties let him go. If he was any good either of those teams would have snapped him up into a long term contract quicker than you can say "I cannot catch a ball".

  • glen.clark.37669 - 2013-01-03 09:19

    We can go around this bush as many times as we like, guys, saying the same things! They are still a bunch of wankers and nothing we say will change that!

      luke.sportify - 2013-01-04 11:29

      Who The Lions?? I agree!

  • frank.grootboom - 2013-01-04 09:21

    To the Kings and Eastern Cape rugby loving public. Please do yourselves a favour and don't read these bad/bias/racist-comments from these poor,loosers,soar grapes and crying babies - Gauteng supporters and the Cheeky and Luke Watson haters fan-club. As I said before they are just not worth it. They will make these derogatory remarks through-out the 2013 Super rugby Competition concerning the Kings no matter what happens on the rugby field in 2013, our palyers,adminastrators/developments ect. Let them cry amongs themselves and let them be it seems that they enjoy it. So sorry to say this but what a bunch of loosers. Kings supporters just enjoy your 2013 Super rugby in the Eastern Cape to the fullest.

  • darryl.farmer.79 - 2013-01-07 14:22

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