Ferreira leads Kings into battle

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:15
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NEWS: Prop Schalk Ferreira will captain the Eastern Province Kings in this year's Currie Cup Premier Division.

Ferreira is part of a 33-man interim squad that was scrambled together ahead of the team's opening match against the Boland Cavaliers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday. 

The EP Kings' scheduled first round fixture against Griquas in Kimberley last Saturday was postponed.

The most high profile names in the squad include three players who featured for the Southern Kings this year - Schalk Ferreira, Cornel Hess and Martin Bezuidenhout - along with Mikey Willemse (from Western Province), Waylon Murray (Sharks), Barend Potgieter (Sharks), Christian du Bruin (Sharks), Kobus Marais (Bulls), Sampie Mastriet (Lions), Ricky Schroeder scrumhalf (Lions), Johan Tromp (Namibia) and Johan Greyling (Namibia).

Barend Pieterse, who was the Southern Kings' forwards coach during Super Rugby, will take over as head coach from Deon Davids.

Former Springbok Sevens player Vuyo Zangqa will be the team's backline coach after Mzwandile Stick rejoined the Springbok management team.

Meanwhile, Springbok and former Southern Kings player Luke Watson has retired from the game of rugby.

Watson has hardly featured on a rugby field in the last few seasons and was not offered a contract by SA Rugby to play for the Kings this year.

The 32-year-old has represented the Springboks on 10 occasions between 2007 and 2008.

EP Kings interim squad: Schalk Ferreira (captain), Justin Forwood, Caylib Oosthuizen, Barend Potgieter, Martin Bezuidenhout, Cullen Collopy, Mikey Willemse, Dolph Botha, Mzuvukile Sofisa, Tiny van Wyk, David Antoinites, Tazz Fuzani, Sebastian Ferreira, Cornell Hess, Henry Brandon Brown, Vincent Jobo, Christiaan de Bruin, Hendrik Grobbelaar, Jacques Fick, Ricky Schroeder, Pieter Steyn de Wet, Lungelo Goza, Kobus Marais, Sampie Mastriet, Minhele Mtwetwe, Burton Klaasen, Siphumelele Mstuwana, Waylon Murray, Johan Greyling, Alcino Izaacs, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Ganfried May, Johan Tromp.

There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 25 September 2016
Leicester Tigers v Bath 14h00 Welford Road
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Argentina v New Zealand 17h10 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 7 7 0 0 34
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Sharks 7 5 0 2 25
Western Province 7 4 0 3 23
Golden Lions 7 4 0 3 22
Griquas 7 4 0 3 20
Boland 7 2 0 5 9
Pumas 7 0 0 7 5
EP Kings 7 0 0 7 1