Province recall Willemse from Kings

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:30
Large michael willemse 800

NEWS: With Siyabonga Ntubeni out for the rest of the season, Western Province have recalled Michael Willemse from the Eastern Province Kings to boost their stocks at hooker.

Willemse, who had been appointed EP Kings vice-captain, had been on loan to the Port Elizabeth side until the end of the season. 

He will provide much-needed cover at hooker for Province after Ntubeni tore his achilles tendon against the Sharks at the weekend and was subsequently ruled out of action for six to nine months.

EP Kings head coach Barend Pieterse thanked Willemse for his efforts and contribution to the Kings and wished him well for the remainder of the season.

Pieterse added that the Kings had excellent resources in the No.2 jersey with Martin Bezuidenhout, Warwick Venter and Cullen Collopy all available for selection.

Meanwhile, Western Province head coach John Dobson said Ntubeni's Springbok aspirations took a big blow with this new injury setback.  

"It is one of the worst injuries I have come across - not in terms of what the actual injury is, but in terms of what it means to Skara [Ntubeni]," said Dobson.

"He has a had a really rough time with injury. He has seen Bongi [Mbongeni Mbonambi] leapfrog him in Super Rugby. 

"He came to us last week and said he was reorganising some things in his life because he realised he had a big opportunity in rugby. He wants to be a Springbok and he did not want to finish his career folding his blazer over his shoulder."

@rugby365com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
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
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
Tue, 04 October 2016
Edinburgh v Ulster 19h35 BT Murrayfield
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
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