SA rugby expats to face Kings

2011-05-10 15:18

Johannesburg - Top flight players who ply their trade aboard will turn out for a Contipartners Premier XV team that will face the Southern Kings on June 4 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Former Rugby World Cup winner Brendan Venter will coach the team and he will be assisted by Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu, it was announced on Tuesday.

The game will be the Kings' final warm-up match before they participate in the 2011 Nations Cup in Romania which starts on June 10 in Bucharest, Romania.

Former Springboks Brent Russell, Pedrie Wannenburg, Gcobani Bobo, Marco Wentzel and Heini Adams have been selected for the Premier XV side.

Kings CEO Stephan Pretorius expressed his delight at the quality of their opponents.

"These players bring a lot of credentials with them and will be a very good test for the Kings prior to their first international assignment in Romania a week later," Pretorius said.

Match promoter Willem Strauss promised rugby of the highest calibre.

"This is a unique opportunity for these (Premier XV) players to showcase their talents in South Africa again and all are very keen to show their skills," said Strauss.

Some of the players who have been invited to represent the Premier XV, pending final clearances from their respective clubs, include:


Joe Pietersen (Bayonne), Hanno Dirksen (Ospreys), Cecil Afrika (SA 7s), Stefan Basson (Rovigo), Sam Gerber (Bayonne), Gcobani Bobo (Newcastle), Brent Russell (Clermont), Heini Adams (Bordeaux), Paul Delport (SA 7s)


Pedrie Wannenburg (Ulster), Wessel Jooste (Bourgoin), Piet Myburgh (Leicester), Frankie Horne (SA 7s), Kyle Brown (SA 7s), Marco Wentzel (Leeds), Coenie Basson (Bourgoin), Petrus du Plessis (Saracens), Heinke van der Merwe (Leinster), Willie Wepener (Clermont), Brett Sharman (Northampton Saints)


  • omgwtfnews - 2011-05-10 15:23

    I'm not sure which team is crappier.

  • GILLBERT - 2011-05-10 15:29

    can you say massacre ha ha ha ha this game will probably make my season except for the bok games against the kiwis

      GILLBERT - 2011-05-10 15:30

      would be nice to see schalk brits

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-10 15:53

    Kings are in for a very rough afternoon.

  • Rian - 2011-05-10 15:56

    Not a bad idea this We should do it more often but set up a team like this to face the Boks before trinations games as warmups and not smallerunions like we did in the past.

  • TheDon - 2011-05-10 15:59

    Complete waste of time. The majority of the Premier XV would not make most Vodacom Cup sides, won't be a test of the Kings ability. That said, the majority of the Kings squad would get a hiding in the Vodacom Cup as well so should be a fair match up. Waste of time and won't be losing two hours of my life watching this meaningless event, a replay of the 2008 Olympic Curling would be more entertaining and just as relevant for SA Rugby

      Durasmart - 2011-05-11 13:14

      Looks like you did not follow the Vodacom Cup. The Kings only lost 2 games, against the Bulls and the Lions and both games by only 1point. The Lions finished top of the Northern log and the Bulls are in the final. If it wasn't for the 9 log points that was deducted from the Kings for allegedly using players still contracted to the Pumas, they and not WP would have been in the playoffs. Those 9 points and the resultant loss of income because of it, is the subject of a pending High Court case against SARU, which the Kings have a good chance of winning, because the Pumas to date could not produce any proof that the players in question had valid contract with them. The JO at the hearing at no stage tried to establish this and therefore made the wrong ruling

  • Jack Sparrow - 2011-05-10 16:05

    Nice idea - quite costly - but necessary to warm the Kings up pre Romania let's see ticket sales and attendance and whether games like this appeal to the rugby loving PE people. How many will pitch up to the 45,000 seater stadium to watch 80 minutes of frivolous festival rugby. This unfortunately puts the Kings on as a sideshow and if they play too many of these festival exhibition games - they become the court jester team of South African rugby.

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-10 16:39

    I am sure he could have picked a better team of overseas players though - none the less - The Kings will get hammered. My prediction - hopefully sunny.

  • Thomas - 2011-05-11 02:01

    The only thing this game will prove is the Kings are not up to scratch or the Expats are not missed by SA rugby!!!!!!!!!!

      Wynand - 2011-05-11 08:28

      This game is not to prove anything. It merely a way for SA to assist the Kings in becoming a better team and helping them prepare for their tournament in Romania - don't think the opposition in romania will be any better... so it will serve well as an warmup game. Besides - I think the Kings will try and use this as an opportunity to negotiate contracts with some of these guys. (that probably the reason for choosing so many guys that come from the eastern cape - might be an extra bargaining tool)

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