Port Elizabeth - Southern Kings wing Malcolm Jaer and lock Tyler Paul have made full recoveries from their injuries, and have been given the nod to return to full contact training with the rest of the squad ahead of the start of the Super Rugby season.
The 21-year-old Jaer sustained a hamstring injury during his time with the SA Sevens side at the end of last year. After some rehabilitation in the off-season the speedster, together with Paul, who has made a full recovery from a shoulder injury, begin full contact training with the rest of the squad on Monday.
Team doctor Konrad von Hagen is also pleased with the progress that is being made by other players on the injury list.
Hooker Tango Balekile (shoulder), loose-forwards Sintu Manjezi (knee) and Chris Cloete (knee) are on track in their recovery, and will be expected to be ready for full contact training next Monday (January 30).
Wing Wandile Mjekevu is also making good progress and is in his final stage of rehab for his foot injury.
Still on the long-term injury list is flank CJ Velleman (knee), who is expected back on the field in April.
The Kings will play warm-up matches against the Border Bulldogs in East London on February 4 and SWD in Port Elizabeth on February 11, before opening their Super Rugby campaign at home against the Jaguares on February 25.