Sexton hopeful for Kings

2012-07-18 09:13

Cape Town - New Southern Kings coach Matt Sexton is hopeful that his side will, as promised, be playing in the Super Rugby competition next year.

There is renewed uncertainty over the Kings' Super Rugby participation from next year with SA's 14 provincial unions expected to again vote on their fate at a meeting scheduled for August 16.

Sexton, however, says he will go on preparing as if they'll be playing.

"There are rumours out there, but I was given the assurance from the president (Cheeky Watson) that we will participate (in Super Rugby) and until I'm told otherwise, I'm working towards that," he told Die Burger.

"It's an exciting challenge and it's part of the reason why I grabbed the opportunity."

Sexton now has the task of gradually taking over the coaching reins at the EP Kings in the Currie Cup First Division.

"It's a big shift to make during the season with the series (First Division) having already started.

"It's wonderful to work with Alan Solomons (now the Kings' director of rugby) again. He was my coach when I played club rugby (for Ulster) in Ireland.

The EP Kings are currently unbeaten in the competition with three wins from three matches. They take on Border in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

Kings' 27-man squad for Border clash:

Rynier Bernardo, David Bullbring, Vleis Engelbrecht, Jaco Engels, Hannes Franklin, Lizo Gqobokoa, Wayne van Heerden, Frank Herne, Thabo Mamojele, Devin Oosthuizen, Charl du Plessis, Cornell du Preez, Luke Watson (captain), Wimpie van der Walt, Boela Abrahams, Wesley Dunlop, Michael Killian, Tiger Mangweni, SP Marais, Falie Oelschig, Marcello Sampson, Wayne Stevens, Scott van Breda, Reynier van Rooyen, George Whitehead, Norman Nelson, Jongi Nokwe.


  • luke.sportify - 2012-07-18 09:29

    As a South African rugby supporter I cant wait to have a strong rugby team from PE again So many legends have called PE home All the best in reaching your goal to make the Currie Cup. Southern Kings for 2013!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-18 11:03

      I totally agree with you, Luke. A strong Eastern Cape rugby can only be good for SA rugby and that is what we all are looking for. I am, however, massively opposed to their entry into Super Rugby at this stage. They are barely sneaking wins at this stage in the First Div, let alone Currie Cup. I know that there will be an import of personnel, but they are still a long way off competing, and I do not believe it does them or SA rugby any good at all AT THIS STAGE. Earn your way into Currie Cup, and then earn your way into Super Rugby. It seems simply logical to me, but maybe I am missing something.

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-07-18 12:31

      Level the playing field (ie give the 3 Kings unions the same benefits from SR as all other 11 are enjoying), and only then we can look at earning a place by way of performance on the field.

      luke.sportify - 2012-07-18 14:25

      @ Travie, so if the EP KIngs qualify for the Currie Cup this season on merit would you be happy? Seems like they are doing a pretty good job so far in the First Division Currie Cup, 3/3 with 2 of those games being away,one of those against a Boland team who thumped them last season I agree the Southern Kings wont be ready but without Super Rugby money they will keep struggling to buy and keep top class players 2013 may be a wake up call but I am sure they will prove their worth in the long run

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-18 09:48 Mandela promised to fight against white and black domination.......67minutes.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADIBA!!

  • mark.botha.184 - 2012-07-18 09:51

    Good luck mate. Its going to be tough balancing coaching prowess with the side-winding skills of a politician, you're going to need them both coaching the Kings.

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