Kiwi to coach Southern Kings

2012-04-13 07:41

Cape Town - New Zealander Matt Sexton will coach the Southern Kings in their debut season in Super Rugby next year.

According to the Metro newspaper's website, Sexton will be taking up the position of Head Coach for both the Super Rugby and Currie Cup divisions of the Kings as of July this year.

He will take over the reins from current EP Kings Head Coach, Alan Solomons, who will become the Kings' Director of Rugby.

EP Kings spokesperson, Sakhi Gqeba, confirmed that Sexton signed a two year contract, which relieves former Springbok prop Robbie Kempson of his dual coaching role, allowing Kempson to concentrate on the EP Academy.

Sexton, 41, will be joined by another Kiwi, Brad Mooar, who will take up the position of Specialist Skills Coach. Mooar is currently the head coach of the Canterbury U19's.

Former Border wing David Maidza will be Sexton's assistant, with former Springbok centre De Wet Barry remaining in his position as defence specialist.

Sexton played 128 games for Canterbury. He also played in Europe with leading Irish province Ulster, where he was coached by Solomons.

He is currently the Rugby Academy Manager of the Tasman provincial team in New Zealand.

Solomons said the union is happy with its decision.

“Matt is head and shoulders the right guy for Eastern Province rugby. He is a good man and has the capability to land up coaching New Zealand.

“I personally vouch for Matt Sexton as he possesses the exact character traits that we are looking for in EP Rugby - Integrity, Altruism and Professionalism," Solomons told - a community news website in Port Elizabeth.


  • Bernard - 2012-04-13 07:47

    Mooi. Nice one Kings. Great to have a union in the EC that we can finally get behind.

      vdwjasper - 2012-04-13 09:34

      The problem with Eastern Cape Rugby is not the lack of players in the union, but rather how the union is/was run. The union has basically been under financial administration for the past few years. We all know why. The player pool for development in EP/SWD/Border is absolutely awesome. This year the following schools are represented in the Schools Top 45: Grey PE (7), Dale (10), Outeniqua (13), Oakdale (19), Nico Malan (23), Queens College (26), St Andrews (35, Framesby (38), Selborne (40), Brandwacht (41). There had been years when Eastern Cape teams have featured much more predominantly. Teams who regularly feature, like Daniel Pienaar and King Edward are absent this year. With a little money and the right people to use it, the Kings could surprise everybody. Maybe that is why there is so much resistance - the Eastern Cape has always been an easy reserve to poach for the big guns.

      Marius - 2012-04-13 10:55

      @Jaz. You have put it all in a nutshell. All the current big franchises are worried that they won't be able to access the wealth of young talent produced regularly by the Eastern Cape schools anymore, hence the resistance.

      David - 2012-04-13 12:07

      @Jaz, while I agree with most of your sentiments all I can say is that none of the resistance of the other Unions is related to access to the Player Pool. If other Unions can poach from the likes of the Blue Bulls and Western Province Unions then no matter what happens at PE or the Cheetas for that matter, will prevent them from doing so. It's a professional world out there and where you are schooled has little to do with where they will play. I look forward to seeing how the Southern Kings go but one thing is certain if the aim of the Kings is to develop home grown talent I can assure you, that that will not be the case. The Kings will be made out of Super Rugby Journey men from other provinces; Old Springboks (possibly back from overseas looking for a last paycheck); Players from the now "relegated Franchise and possibly one or two star signings. Very little will come from the Home Union and even less unfortunately from the vast "Black" resources available. And nor should's professional rugby after all.

      vdwjasper - 2012-04-13 12:44

      David, sure. Many might still leave, but many more, given a proper alternative, would decide to stay close to their friends, family, culture and values - and the Eastern Cape people (much like the Free State - which is probably the best example to the contrary) do put great value in family. In time, the respect and value for the badge will return, and even more will stay. But, no use playing the prophet - looks like we are going to find out sooner rather than later.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 18:14

      Tokolos predicts an end to the Kings even before they start with all these Kiwi's. Useless arrogant bunch they are!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-04-13 07:49

    So things are taking shape in PE,interesting times ahead,good luck SARU,you gonna need it!!!!

      Ockie - 2012-04-13 07:57

      Well said Lionel!

  • aluwanirootz - 2012-04-13 08:03

    This is the beginning of the end for the lions, they just have to face it , they were given ample time to be better that the cheetahs in S15. Five seasons with less than 10 wins!!!I’m sorry they have to go!!! But then again the Kings will be the new whipping boys for a while but at least the is potential for the kings to grow, they have the financial backing and God gifted talent of good rugby players in EP. I’m from jhb and I can honestly say that there are more good rugby players coming out of the EP than JHB!!!

      Juan - 2012-04-13 08:41

      yes looking at how well the EP schools and varsity teams do...Huh? At least the Lions won teh Currie Cup last year. The Kings are still battling to qualify! And if this is a move to develop the rugby in the Eastern Cape, why in the world do they get a coach from another country? What about P divvy or one of the great coaches we have in SA?

      Marius - 2012-04-13 09:16

      @juan. If you want to make a comment like that, first get your facts straight. NMMU finished 5th in this year's varsity Cup, higher than both UCT and Shimlas. The EP U/16 side won the trophy last year and the Eastern Cape has at least 10 schools in the top 30 rankings in the country each year, with at least 2 or 3 making it regularly into the top 10.

      vdwjasper - 2012-04-13 10:04

      Juan, sorry buddy, but you do not know what you are talking about. The overall quality of school rugby in the Eastern Cape is well known and respected. Even small towns like Graaff Reinet and Cradock regularly produce school teams which can hold its own against some of the best in the country. This year a quarter of the schools featured in the official Top 45 are from the Eastern Cape.

      Champ - 2012-04-13 17:32

      EP at Cravenweek 2011: Golden lions 39 - EP 13 Griffons 31 - EP 16 Boland 34 - EP 34 What does it say?? Perhaps great players but bad coaching?? How many boys from EP were included in the SA Schools team 2011??

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-13 08:09

    Ag no man !!! The worst performing teams in SA are the lions and sharks, BOTH coaching by New Zealand coaches. What on earth are we going to do with another KIWI coach at the Kings ???

      Heiku - 2012-04-13 08:17

      Good point.

      Marius - 2012-04-13 08:31

      The difference is that he had 4 seasons as a player in the Heineken Cup where a lot more emphasis is put on solid forward play. Add the Kiwi flair and emphasis on ball skills to that and you have a pretty good combination.

      Juan - 2012-04-13 08:45

      Correct. If this is a move to develop the rugby in the Eastern Cape, why in the world do they get a coach from another country? What about P divvy or one of the great coaches we have in SA?

      Heiku - 2012-04-13 10:17

      Yeah I vote for P "God's gift to rugby" divvy.

      Rich - 2012-04-13 14:16

      So Charles, who was coaching the teams in the Currie Cup final?

  • steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-13 08:11

    if the southern kings can't even qualify for the currie cup then they shouldn't even be considered for a spot in the Super 15.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 08:24

      How can the Southern Kings qualify for the the Currie Cup? The Southern Kings will be a Franchise made of of 3 provinces. I think you are refering to the EP KIngs??

      Juan - 2012-04-13 09:04

      @patrickjasoncawood do any of those 3 provinces play in the Currie Cup? How good are these 3 provinces? EP Kings is 3rd in their pool (just just) and then those other two provinces are way at the bottom with not winning a game this year. So talking about the Southern Kings as the EP Kings isnt that far off, because most of the team for S15 will consist of their players if not all the players coming from the Lions :-)

      Hanjo - 2012-04-13 09:33

      I'm not in favour of the inclusion of the Kings at the expense of any of the current SR teams, but it's silly to judge them on how the EP Kings or the other two teams who will form the Southern Kings have done in the CC First division or Vodacom Cup...obviously the Kings will receive added sponsorship, funds and most importantly they'll be seen as a SR side in 2013, which will enable them to lure top class players to the Franchise, something neither of the 3 teams can do being stuck in the CC 1st division...The top class management will also help attract top players(although I've never heard of Matt Sexton before)...I'm also sure there'll be massive recruitment prior to the start of the 2013 season and the team won't be the same one currently playing Vodacom cup if you want to raise your opinion on whether the Kings deserve a spot in so without clinging onto the fact that they are a CC 1st division side, because they aren't. The Southern Kings will be a new team with new players and ,as stated above, new management...

      steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-13 10:21

      That's a valid point Hanjo, but still to make it fair the last placed SA franchise in SupeRugby and the Kings should at least have home and away play off matches against each other to see who really deserves it. SARU can't take out a team and replace it with another just cause they want another team in SupeRugby.

  • Corne - 2012-04-13 08:21

    They just don't worry, they will push the Kings into the super rugby at the cost of a greater union.. These guys will get killed in super rugby.. They can't even qualify to play Currie Cup with the big boys..

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 08:25

    Great News, things are slowly falling into place Now to sign some quality players EP RUGBY ON THE RISE

      Juan - 2012-04-13 09:06

      He he. That’s the thing. Will this help EP rugby or will it just be the Lions team in different jerseys and a different home field?

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 18:16

      Tokolos think the Lions have too much pride to get into that jersey my friend!

  • vdwjasper - 2012-04-13 08:25

    "Integrity, Altruism and Professionalism" Two weeks late, but I get it.

  • Reinhard - 2012-04-13 08:26

    Dis belaglik dat 1 span net 'n ander span kan oorvat in die super 15! As die Leeus heelonder eindig,en dis ongelukkig nou my span,moet daar ten minste uitspeel wedstryde wees tussen die 2 spanne. Ek sal sê speel 3-5 wedstryde teen mekaar en die wenner speel die volgende jaar super 15! Wat help dit hulle vervang 'n span wat nie eens in die Currie cup(groter liga) kan speel nie met 'n span wat heidiglik die currie cup besit! En nog sonder om te sien hoe die Kings vaar teen 'n groter span! Ek is jammer,maar dit sal maak dat ek glad nie meer sal belangstel in die super 15 nie,want ek sal nie 'n ander span ondersteun nie! Ek bly 'n LEEU

      odupreez - 2012-04-13 08:39

      Reinhard dit gaan alles oor politiek, en ongelukkig ook al was dit die Bulls wat onders was hulle sou die spit moes afbyt en plek maak vir die spul onbevoegte spelers van die Oos-Kaap. En dit maak nie saak hoeveel geld hulle in dit ingooi nie hulle (Kings) het dit net nie, dus sal hulle spelers koop van die ander provinsies wat spelers onwikkel het (manne van kleur), wat weer druk op die provinsies sal sit om meer van die manne te ontwikkel wat dus die gevolg sal he dat hulle swakker sal vertoon terwyl die proses aan die gang is en die speler uiteindelik so ontwikkel is om darem amper sy plek te regverdig.

      Marius - 2012-04-13 08:56

      @odupreez. Jy slaan amper die spyker op die kop, met net een verandering in jou stelling. Die ander provisies sal nou vir die eerste keer in die geskiedenis hulle eie spelers van kleur moet ontwikkel en nie net uit die Kings area aankoop soos in die verlede nie. Mvovu, Bandise Maku, Fudge Mabetha, Albei Ndugane broers en Bjorn Basson kom almal uit die Ooskaap uit. Watter spelers van kleur het die Lions, Sharks of Cheetahs al uit hulle eie geledere ontwikkel?

      Juan - 2012-04-13 09:15

      @Marius Geld gaan nogsteeds die praat werk doen. Daai spelers gaan eerder vir groter salarisse rond trek.

      Ruan - 2012-04-13 09:36

      Vir jare lank het spanne in die super 15 gespeel net omdat hulle die geld het, en daarmee saam die voorkeer. Bulle was swak op 'n stadium, cats was swak. Lions doen nie goed nie, maar tog kry hul die voorkeer net omdat hulle geld het! Dis ook nie reg nie. Ek dink dis uitstekend vir ons rugby Kings ook gaan inkom. Ek stem saam julle op die punt dat daar 'n uitspeel wedstryd of 3 moet wees. Spandeer geld, en as die Kings goed genoeg is sal hulle mos wen en dan die plek in die Super rugby reeks verdien. Wie weet, dalk nog 'n paar ondersteuners by kry.

  • Haha - 2012-04-13 08:41

    Another foreign coach? Why? Is this so they can have an excuse for the Southern Kings being at the bottom of all future logs and no SA coach wants to associate with the worst team in SA?

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 12:02

      Kiwi coaches are the best in the business NZ, AUS, Wales, NZ teams, Sharks, Lions(JM has done wonders)

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 18:17

      Patrick you are an idiot. Best in the business... wahahahahah

  • John - 2012-04-13 09:00

    There is no way you can not have a super rugby team in the biggest and richest province SARU have their work cut out....

      andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-13 10:27

      But they have a super rugby Franchise in Gauteng. The last time i checked pretoria was in Gauteng and dont the bulls play in super 15?

      John - 2012-04-13 12:00

      adreas the Bulls are in Tswane province the last time i checked.....

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 12:02

      Didnt know the Bulls had relocated??

      andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-13 12:23

      Is Tswane a province for as far as i know it isnt?

      Arthur - 2012-04-13 17:27

      Oh John by the way gauteng is the smallest province and the Northern Cape is the largest province, what I can't understand is why do they whant to put a super rugby team in a province that's on the verge bankruptsy

  • Lance - 2012-04-13 09:10

    If hes got the credentials then let the games begin !

  • Brandewijn - 2012-04-13 09:18

    things are starting to take shape. just a few players to sign and things could get interesting. Already have good coaching staff,better management, better sponsors, better structures than before, a new established academy already starting to show results. Kings looking a lot better than 2 years back. Not where they should be yet, but if they can make the signings they could be better than people think. If they win the currie cup first devision this year and qualify for the currie cup next year.... apparently they are in the final stages of negotiations with a massive sponsor and also on the verge of finalising contracts with new signings.... can not wait to see who the players are going to be. They better be good players or the Kings are going to struggle. Best coaches in the world, good structures and sponsors helps nothing if you do not have the players. KINGS ON THE RISE... lets hope they rise high enough not to make fools of the eastern cape & SA

      Nico - 2012-04-13 09:35

      Brandewijn, you don't have to worry, they won't only make fools of EP & SA, they will make fools of rugby in general :) Actually, as a Lions supporter I'm now looking forward to it, my team won't loose weekends anymore, so that will be good, and since I will support any and all teams playing against the EP Queens, my weekends will be pretty good since I will see your EP Queen side getting smashed with 100 points each weekend. Gonna be awesome and gotta love the politics in this country that not only reward mediocricy, but actively encourages it :)

      Marko - 2012-04-13 13:25

      Well said Nico, if I could give you 100 thumbs up I would. I support the Bulls but I am starting this weekend in the Vodacom cup to support all the Kings apponents! Hey hey this is going to be great.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 18:21

      Nico. This must indeed be brilliant news for you Lion supporters. Tokolos predicts the Lions to be Currie Cup champs for the next 10 years in a row. Tokolos will from now on support the Bulls in Super Rugby and the Lions in the Currie Cup!!! The Tokolos!

  • simondgie - 2012-04-13 09:45

    But at the end of the day, Darren, rugby is the real winner.

  • Marko - 2012-04-13 09:51

    Boasting with all the 'talent' in the Eastern Cape an they have to import a coach. He he what a pathetic setup. Seing that Cheeky does not like Afrikaaners he should get a black coach, I'm sure that reagion should have a few good black coaches.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 12:03

      Player talent you idiot

      Marko - 2012-04-13 13:07

      What player talent you MORON!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 18:22

      Patrick = PLANK

  • nicusb - 2012-04-13 09:52

    Another good reason why the Kings should not have been allowed in. They do now not even make use of a local coach. Very dissapointing!!!!

      Brandewijn - 2012-04-13 09:59

      if a foreign coach upsets you then the sharks & lions should also upset you.

      Marius - 2012-04-13 11:09

      The foreign coach will still report to a born and bred PE guy in Alan Solomons, who will obviously still have quite a big influence on the coaching direction and style of play.

  • Stephen - 2012-04-13 09:58

    Maybe I'm mistaken but I seem to remember SANZAR bitching about some countries not allowing the "best" players to represent their super 15 teams prior to the world cup. Now it seems that SARU will push an inferior union into the S15 for political reasons! How is SANXAR going to accept that? The Olympic charter specifically forbids political interference in sport, what is the international olympic committee going to do about this debacle? Nothing I suppose as our new masters can do precisely what they like with impunity. However, if the fans boycott the farce that super rugby will become in 2013 maybe it will wake SARU up! Doubt it though.

  • Jason - 2012-04-13 11:47

    I find it funny that Div didn't apply or get the job... EP was meant to be a leader transformation yet they get a white foreign coach. I don't understand how this thing is going a franchise dropping out basically it looks like it will be the lions.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 12:05

      If you want to succeed you need to employ people who can do the job. 2 year contract possible means he will help with the structures then allow for his assistant to take over

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 12:15

    When are any of you going to realise that if the Lions did not have a franchise license they would not have the funds to pay for John Mitchell and any a majority of the players who won the Currie Cup last year. The EC has now been given the chance Live with it

      Marko - 2012-04-13 13:17

      When are you (Patrick) going to realise that the Kings can't even qualify for the Currie Cup with their talented players. They will have to buy a whole squade and out the window goes the talent and not to mention the transformation that they so boaldly boast about. O and before I forget 'YOU' are an idiot.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-13 14:43

      The team is improving each year, cant expect miracles overnighthere are some stats on the Kings improvement since 2009: Pld W L D 2009 19 5 14 0 2010 21 12 7 2 2011 21 16 5 0 PF PA Diff 2009 385 647 -262 2010 571 517 54 2011 744 466 278

      steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-13 15:33

      Improving each year? didn't the kings lose by like nearly 80 points to the lions a while ago? oh and they also lost to BoLand 44-12 if i'm not mistaken? and they still can't qualify for the currie cup so based on results i Wouldn't allow them into SupeRugby

  • andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-13 12:24

    I cant see that this is a problem unless you support the lions

  • Learn - 2012-04-13 19:39

    SARU has messed it up again. it is only in SA where a WCup coach cannot find a job. What is wrong with Div did they ask him. Is this an ideal situation to promote black development. At least Div has the experience, more than this bunch. I am sure Div would love to coach the kings and help develop all the talent in EP. I am sorry but I cannot accept these inexpereince coaches, are they coming cheap ?

  • Gert - 2012-04-14 07:41

    Ag nee man.... Local is lekker... get a South African to do the job... as if unemployment is not high enough, we import another to do our work. Get with it Kings....i am sure there is a Zuma somewhere that is still jobless and needs a cash injection when he gets removed after a year in the job....

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