Port Elizabeth - Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids on Monday named his squad for the team’s two-week PRO14 tour of Wales and Italy.
The Port Elizabeth-based side departs on Tuesday from South Africa on the back of a 38-28 win over Glasgow Warriors, making their first stop in Llanelli, Wales, where they will take on Scarlets on Saturday.
The team will then move on to Treviso, Italy, where they will face Benetton the following week before returning home.
“We are going to take the tour game by game,” Davids said about the team’s goals for the two-week tour.
“We have a tough programme, leaving on Tuesday after resting on Monday. We will only have one training session in Wales before the match against Scarlets.
“Again, we will need to ensure that everything, on and off the field, is very carefully planned, but we do believe that we can get the results on this tour.”
The touring squad will include flank CJ Velleman as a first-time traveller with the side after making his return to the field on Saturday after a two-year injury layoff.
Also in the squad is the experienced prop Rossouw de Klerk, who has returned to full fitness after a chest injury prior to the start of the 2018/19 PRO14 season. He replaces Martin Dreyer, who was ruled out with a knee injury sustained against Glasgow.
Centre Tristan Blewett, who has been with the side for the past two weeks on a short-term loan from the Sharks, will also get an opportunity to travel with the side.
While there had also been some concerns after lock JC Astle and prop Justin Forwood limped off the field against Glasgow last weekend, team doctor Gershwin Kortje confirmed that the pair, and others who had received some knocks and bruises, had recovered well.
“JC Astle is doing very well and has made a full recovery from his knock over the weekend. Justin Forwood, who had sustained an ankle strain, was also managed well by our medical team and has made a full recovery. There were a few knocks and bruises after the hard-fought win on Saturday, but those have been managed well and all the other players who played last weekend are available for selection for the touring squad,” said the team doctor.
The 27-man Kings touring squad:
Schalk Ferreira, Justin Forwood, Michael Willemse (captain), Alandre van Rooyen, Tango Balekile, Luvuyo Pupuma, Lupumlo Mguca, Rossouw de Klerk, Schalk Oelofse, Bobby de Wee, JC Astle, Marthinus Burger, CJ Velleman, Henry Brown, Andisa Ntsila, Ruaan Lerm
Rudi van Rooyen, Godlen Masimla, Martin du Toit, Ntabeni Dukisa, Masixole Banda, Berton Klaasen, Harlon Klaasen, Yaw Penxe, Bjorn Basson, Tristan Blewett, Michael Botha