Fifth new skipper for Kings
Cape Town - Centre Andries Strauss will lead the Kings in their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday.
Strauss will become the fifth selected captain by the Port Elizabeth franchise this year. Luke Watson
led the side in the first game against the Force, but had to leave the field after 30 minutes before Strauss took over. In their next game against the Sharks, it was lock Darron Nell who took the captaincy reigns, and while he was retained for the next match against the Chiefs, a freak injury sustained during the warm-up saw him pull out and fellow lock Steven Sykes took over.
Sykes was then also injured which saw Schalk Ferreira lead the team against the Crusaders last week.
Strauss will take charge this week after recovering from a bruised AC joint which sidelined him last week.
The Kings' director of rugby, Alan Solomons, also confirmed that Sykes will return for Saturday's clash.
"It will be great to have those two guys (Strauss and Sykes) back in the side, both in terms of their playing ability and the leadership they provide," said Solomons.
Kick-off is at 05:35 (SA time) on Saturday.Teams:
15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua/Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith (captain)/Alapati Leiua, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara/Chris Smylie, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie/Samisoni Fisilau, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-LoKings:
15 George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Daniel Adongo, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Hadleigh Parkes