Cape Town - Two more players have put in formal requests to leave the EP Kings as financial problems continue to plague the union and their preparations for Super Rugby 2016.
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The union confirmed via a statement on Monday that wing Luther Obi and utility back Sylvian Mahuza have given notice of their intent to leave.
Financial issues have meant that the Kings have not paid players, staff or administrators for October.
Due to the Kings’ failure to compensate their players, the South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA) has informed the players of their right to leave the union.
SARPA had also advised those who do not have alternative employment offers that they were not obligated to return to training on Monday.
But, the Kings say, pre-season training did get underway on Monday.
"Eastern Province Rugby can confirm that our pre-season preparations began today (Monday, 16 November 2015) with a practice session at Sardinia Bay," the statement read.
"Training today focused on establishing fitness levels and included a game of touch rugby. The program for the rest of the week will focus on strength and conditioning training.
"Despite the trying circumstances the mood in the camp was positive. Management and players are aware of the current situation and have not allowed circumstances to impact on their pre-season preparations.
"All players were punctual and professional. The new players were welcomed and made to feel part of the team, and all team members were given the chance to socialise and get to know each other."
New players that have been signed:
SP Marais, James Hilterbrand, Jurgen Visser, Stefan Watermeyer, JC Roos, Caylib Oosthuizen, Mark Richards, Louis Fouche, Carel Greeff