Cape Town - The Eastern Province Kings and
the Sharks have reached a mutual agreement to call off a friendly clash which was scheduled
for July 11 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Kings coach Brent Janse van Rensburg and Sharks
Director of Rugby Gary Gold felt the timing of the match did not fit in with
their build-up to the Currie Cup.
Both unions have recently undergone a
number of changes in both coaching and playing personnel, and will be using the
next month to continue fine-tuning their preparations for the Currie Cup.
“We apologise to members of the public who
were looking forward to this encounter, but the situation at this stage just
does not suit the preparations of both teams,” EP Kings CEO Charl Crous commented.
However, the Kings’ friendly matches against
the Blue Bulls and Western Province at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will
continue as scheduled.
They will play the Bulls in Port Elizabeth on
Friday, July 17 (19:00 kick-off) and Western Province on Saturday, July 25
The Kings start their Currie Cup campaign
at home against the Golden Lions on Saturday, August 8, while the Sharks start
against the Pumas in Nelspruit a day earlier.