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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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28