Van der Sluys answers Kings' call

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:57
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NEWS: The Southern Kings have signed lock, Wilhelm van der Sluys on a loan from English Premiership side Worcester Warriors.

The arrival of Van der Sluys, who joins the Southern Kings this week ahead of their clash with the Stormers in the Super Rugby competition, is timely following a recent spate of injuries in the lock department for the Eastern Cape side. 

The Kings lost Mzwanele Zito to a concussion last weekend against the Sunwolves, Irne Herbst suffered the same fate in the opening match against the Jaguares, while Cameron Lindsay has been ruled out for 12 weeks with an MCL (knee) tear. Other locks, Sintu Manjezi and Wandile Putuma, have been nursing leg injuries.

"We are happy to have Wilhelm van der Sluys joining us this season," Southern Kings coach Deon Davids said.

"We are confident that he will contribute positively to the team and further beef up our good calibre of locks that we already have in the team. 

"Wilhelm will adjust quickly and easily to our systems, and we look forward to seeing him in action in Southern Kings colours."

The 25-year-old lock, who stands at 1.98 metres and 103kg, was schooled at Paarl Boys' High School and represented Western Province at various youth teams.

In 2010, Van der Sluys was part of the Western Province Under-19 team that won the National U19 championship.

In 2011, Van der Sluys was part of the South Africa U20 team that toured Argentina.

Van der Sluys showed his leadership qualities when he captained the Western Province U21 team.

The lock also captained and led Maties to a Varsity Cup victory.

At the end of last year's Currie Cup, Van der Sluys joined the Worcester Warriors, where former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold holds the Director of Rugby position.

The Southern Kings also have on a trial basis Lions centre Stokkies Hanekom. The 27-year-old is undergoing a medical assessment at the Southern Kings before a loan agreement is reached.

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
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Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
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Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
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Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
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Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10