Kings rush back their SA A-team stars

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:08
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Southern Kings coach Deon Davids wasted no time in rushing back his star players for the trip to Argentina.

The Kings face the Jaguares at Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, on Friday (early Saturday morning South African time).

Davids said he was "pleased" to have wing Yaw Penxe back from the SA Under-20, who finished third at the World Rugby U20 championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Also back as SA A-team representatives Andisa Ntsila, Chris Cloete, Lionel Cronje and Makazole Mapimpi - who whitewashed the French Barbarians 2-0 in the past fortnight.

The team also sees the return of prop Schalk Ferreira, hooker Michael Willemse and utility back Masixole Banda from various injury lay-offs.

The Kings leave Port Elizabeth for Argentina, via Johannesburg, on Tuesday - before resuming their preparations in Buenos Aires.

"We are all excited at the prospect of getting back into action after the Super Rugby break," Davids said.
 
"We have retained more or less the same squad that has been doing duty for us with aplomb in our previous few matches."
 
The coach expressed his excitement at the prospect of continuing the fine form the Southern Kings have shown this season where they have claimed four wins so far in the competition.
 
Davids added that his side was bracing itself for a tough contest against the Jaguares this weekend.
 
"It will be a tough match against the Jaguares, as it always is," he said.
 
"We are aware of the fact that this is very much the team that has been on international duty for Argentina over the past few weeks in the international window. Gaining momentum and continuity will not be an issue for them.
 
"While we have not played any rugby together in almost a month, but we have prepared well over the past few weeks and have some of our players who have only just returned from playing international rugby with the SA A team and the SA Under-20 side."
 
Southern Kings squad:

FORWARDS: Martin Bezuidenhout, Kurt Haupt, Michael Willemse, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Geldenhuys, Chris Heiberg, Mzamo Majola, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Irne Herbst, Lubabalo Mtyanda, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Thembelani Bholi, Chris Cloete, Andisa Ntsila, Tyler Paul.

BACKS: Louis Schreuder, Stefan Ungerer, Lionel Cronje, Berton Klaasen, Luzuko Vulindlu, Makazole Mapimpi, Yaw Penxe, Masixole Banda, Malcolm Jaer, Wandile Mjekevu.

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