The Southern Kings have confirmed a number of new signings following a week of intensive training with the SA rugby Mobi-Unit.
Chief Operating Officer, Charl Crous, confirmed that Pumas flanker, Chris Cloete, (24) and Sharks Lock John-Charles (JC) Astle (25) had been secured on loan for the season.
Following initial trials, Crous also confirmed the Southern Kings have also retained the talent of SWD utility back Leighton Eksteen (21) who has played at Scrumhalf, Flyhalf and Fullback, as well as SWD’s Luzuko Vulindlu (28) who has played at Centre and Wing. Both have been secured on loan from SWD for the season.
Sharks Centre Lukhanyo Am (22) has also secured a position in the squad on loan.
Crous said Sharks hooker, Monde Hadebe (25) would be returning to the Sharks for rehab following a slight back strain that will see him out of action for between four to five weeks.
Crous also confirmed hooker Martin Ferreira (26) and lock, Tazz Fuzani (25) had been secured on contract for the Southern Kings season for 2016.
“We are thankful for the support that we have received from the respective unions in making their players available to us. We are still in the process of securing additional players and will be making a few more announcements in the coming weeks,” he said.
Current squad to date
Aidon Davis, 21, No 8
Chris Cloete, 24, Flank
Cornell Hess, 26, Lock
Cyril-John Velleman, 20, Flank
Edgar Marutlulle, 27, Hooker
Elgar Watts, 30, Flyhalf
Jacobie Adriaanse, 30, Tighthead Prop
Jacques (Vleis) Engelbrecht,30, No 8
James Hall, 19, Scrumhalf
John-Charles (JC) Astle, 25, Lock
JP du Plessis, 24, Centre
Kevin Luiters, 23, Scrumhalf
Leighton Eksteen, 21, Scrumhalf, Flyhalf, Fullback
Louis Fouche, 25, Flyhalf
Lukhanyo Am, 22, Centre
Luzuko Vulindlu, 28, Centre/Wing
Malcolm Jaer, 20, Fullback
Martin Ferreira, 26, Hooker
Schalk Ferreira, 31, Prop
Schalk Oelofse, 27, Lock
Shane Gates, 23, Flyhalf
Sipato Junior Pokomela, 19, No 8
Siyanda Grey ,26, Wing/Centre
Stefan Watermeyer, 27, Centre
Stefan Willemse, 23, Flank
Steven Sykes, 31, Lock
Tazz Fuzani, 25, Lock
Thembelani Bholi, 25, Flank
Tom Botha, 25, Prop
Tyler Paul, 20, Lock/Flank