Cape Town - A 27-man Southern Kings touring squad will depart from Port Elizabeth on a
three-week PRO14 tour of Ireland and Wales.
The side begins
their tour with a clash against Conference A log leaders, Munster, this Friday
at the Irish Independent Park in Cork.
Kick-off is at 21:35
The team will
welcome back prop, Pieter Scholtz, who has finished serving a three-match ban
following an incident where he made contact with the eye area of an opponent in
a match against the Cheetahs in the first of three South African derbies
However, the Southern Kings will travel without flank CJ Velleman, who has also been
handed a three-match suspension for a red card he received last week in the
side’s match against the Cheetahs early this month.
been found to have contravened Law 9.11 (Players must not do anything that is
reckless or dangerous to others) when he made contact with his elbow on
Cheetahs flank Junior Pokomela’s head while the player was diving to score a
is effective from February 12 until March 3, and thereby rules Velleman
completely out of involvement in the three-week tour which will also include a
match against Conference B leaders, Leinster, on February 22 at the RDS Arena
in Dublin and against Cardiff at the Cardiff Arms Park on March 2.
“We have had a
good week of preparation leading up to our departure on Monday evening for this
tour of Ireland and Wales,” head coach Deon Davids said.
“It is set to
be a tough tour against Munster, a side that leads Conference A, then we face
the defending PRO14 champions before ending off against another classy
side like Cardiff. We have shown some gradual progress over the weeks, and we
hope to continue on that upward curve, but most importantly we are still hungry
to clinch a win or two on tour.”
selected a 27-man touring squad for the three matches which includes 16
forwards and 11 backline players. The team will leave Port Elizabeth on Monday
Southern Kings touring squad:
Ferreira, Alulutho Tshakweni, Pieter Scholtz, De-Jay Terblanche, Lupumlo Mguca,
Michael Willemse, Alandre van Rooyen, Tango Balekile, Stephan Greeff,
John-Charles Astle (captain), Andries van Schalkwyk, Martinus Burger, Andisa Ntsila,
Henry Brown, Stephan de Wit, Ruaan Lerm
Sarel Pretorius, Rudi van Rooyen, Bader Pretorius, Berton Klaasen, Tertius
Kruger, Meli Rokoua, Bjorn Basson, Yaw Penxe, Masixole Banda, Ulrich Beyers