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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS MEDICAL UPDATE

While the Isuzu Southern Kings are on a week’s break before resuming their preparations for their next Guinness PRO14 match at home on October 26, the side’s medical team will be working hard to ensure players recover well over the next few weeks.

The Port Elizabeth-based side returned home early this week from Italy, following their 5-28 defeat to Benetton in Treviso, with an additional three injury concerns.

Hooker and captain Michael Willemse, lock Bobby de Wee and flanker CJ Velleman all sustained shoulder injuries in the clash at Stadio Monigo on Saturday.

“We, unfortunately, had Bobby de Wee and CJ Velleman sustaining shoulder injuries over the weekend; and they will be seeing specialists for further treatment this week. Mikey Willemse also injured his shoulder and is seeing Orthopedic surgeon,” team doctor, Gershwin Kortje explained the latest injuries.

The trio joins prop Schalk Ferreira (fractured nose) and loose-forward Henry “Bakkies” Brown (foot), both of whom were injured in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ previous match against Scarlets a fortnight ago.

“We will have further details on these injuries by the end of the week, as we are currently waiting for various investigation results at this stage,” confirmed Dr Kortje.

The team doctor also indicated that prop Martin Dreyer underwent a successful knee surgery last week. There is also good progress being made by scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius from his ankle injury.

“Martin’s surgery went well and he will be starting with his physio next week. The prognosis is good, however, there is still a long road ahead before he can return to the field,” said the doctor.

“Sarel has recovered and responded very well to his surgery and rehabilitation. He still has a couple of weeks of rehabilitation left before he can return to play.”

Positive news for the Isuzu Southern Kings is that scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen, who returned early with Ferreira and Brown from Wales after the match against Scarlets, has made great strides in his recovery from an ankle injury. While the halfback has a few physio sessions to go through, he is expected to be fit for selection for the next match against Scarlets in Port Elizabeth on October 26


October 10, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS MAKE THREE CHANGES TO TEAM TO FACE BENETTON

The Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, has made three changes to his starting XV that will be taking on Benetton in Round 6 of the Guinness PRO14 at Stadio Monigo in Treviso on Saturday. Kick-off is at 20h00.

While the backline remains unchanged from the one that faced Scarlets in Llanelli last week, the forwards pack will see two injury-enforced changes and one rotational switch for the team that will face Benetton on Saturday.

Loosehead prop Justin Forwood will get a start in the No1 jersey following the departure of Schalk Ferreira from the tour after experienced 34-year-old sustained a fractured nose in last weekend’s clash.

Ferreira returned home to Port Elizabeth earlier in the week, together with scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen and flanker Henry “Bakkies” Brown, who had both sustained ankle injuries.Brown’s injury opened up an opportunity for a first starting berth in over two years for CJ Velleman, who had been on the bench for the Isuzu Southern Kings’ previous two matches.

Velleman made his Guinness PRO14 debut in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ 38-28 victory over Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago after having nursed two serious knee injuries for the past two years.

In a rotational change in the second row, Schalk Oelofse, also returns to the starting XV where he will replace Bobby de Wee and partner up with JC Astle at lock. De Wee moves to the bench.

“We may have been affected by injuries, but we also now have an opportunity to give some of our other players an opportunity to gain starting berths,” Davids said about the changes.

“This is a long season and it is important to have depth in our squad. I’m happy to see some of our guys getting opportunities to play, be it starting or coming off the bench. Gaining the experience in such a competitive Championship is important.”

New faces on the bench this weekend will be Lupumlo Mguca, who will provide cover at prop, as well as backup loose-forward Marthinus “Tienie” Burger and Ruan van Rensburg as the scrumhalf replacement. The rest of the bench remains unchanged from last week.

The Isuzu Southern Kings team is:

1. Justin Forwood
2. Michael Willemse (C)
3. Luvuyo Pupuma
4. Schalk Oelofse
5. John-Charles Astle
6. CJ Velleman
7. Andisa Ntsila
8. Ruaan Lerm
9. Godlen Masimla
10. Martin du Toit
11. Bjorn Basson
12. Berton Klaasen
13. Harlon Klaasen
14. Penxe Yaw
15. Banda Masixole
Replacements :
16. Alandre van Rooyen
17. Lupumlo Mguca
18. Russouw DeKlerk
19. Bobby de Wee
20. Martinis Burger
21. Ruan Van Renburg
22. Ntabeni Dukisa
23. Tristan Blewett

October 5, 2018 in Uncategorized
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MICHAEL BOTHA ENJOYING GUINNESS PRO14 DREAM START

The meteoric rise of exciting Isuzu Southern Kings fullback, Michael Botha, embodies Eastern Cape franchise’s vision – providing opportunities and retaining local talent in the region.
At the start of this year, little did the 21-year-old from rural Matatiele know how quickly his rugby career would escalate – from playing Varsity Cup for the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz side to now being in the world stage of Guinness PRO14 rugby.
“I only played two and a half games for the Madibaz because I sustained a torn hamstring after that. Luckily I recovered well and played three or four games for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge side before I received this Guinness PRO14 opportunity,” Botha reflected.
The elusive fullback could not have asked for a better start to his senior professional career than the try-scoring debut he made.
Despite being immediately thrust into the cauldron of the Guinness PRO14 in Round 1 of the new season, Botha did not sink, but impressed many with the manner in which he shimmied his way around the park with such ease; and crowned his debut with a try.
“It was an unreal feeling. I have no words for it. When I saw that tryline, I just put my ears back; and I just can’t explain the feeling,” he said with a smile.
“It has been quick, and I honestly never expected it to come this quickly. Any rugby player would take it with open arms and use such an opportunity to their advantage. I’m very blessed to have gotten a start straight away and I appreciate the backing from the coaches.”
Botha was born in Margate, KwaZulu Natal, grew up in rural Matatiele where he attended King Edward Primary and High School before moving to the rugby-mad Selborne College in East London in his Grade 11 year. In 2015 he represented Border at the Craven Week where he played alongside fellow Isuzu Southern Kings teammate, Yaw Penxe, who was at rival school Queen’s College.
After completing his schooling, he joined the Eastern Province Academy and played junior rugby for Eastern Province.
While Botha has taken to the big jump from junior rugby to the international competition like a duck to water, he has credited the ease in adapting to his teammates and the confidence the coaches, Deon Davids and Chumani Booi, have shown in him.
“It’s a very big step up, but the guys have made it a whole lot easier when I have a Springbok, Bjorn Basson, next to me and also Yaw Penxe, whom I played with in the Border Craven Week side and junior levels as well,” he said.
Regardless of the ease in which he has adapted and how much he is enjoying the pace of the Guinness PRO14, Botha admits to the nerves each time ahead of running onto the field for the Isuzu Southern Kings.
“The Guinness PRO14 is a lot quicker. That has been the best thing for me because I enjoy a quick game, so it was a nice adjustment. The setup as well is well structured. It is every young player’s dream to be in a setup that has good structures. It has been a big change,” said Botha.
“I am a guy who is often nervous, but luckily with the backing of the coaches and the teammates I have, things have been made a lot easier. Before I ran on for my first game, they all came to me and gave me hugs, saying ‘whatever you do, we back you’. That made things a lot easier going into my first game. I always tell myself that once you get that first touch and first tackle in, then things become a lot easier.”
Botha’s talents are not only confined to the rugby field. He is also a fluent Xhosa speaker, who is hoping to finish his Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying from the Nelson Mandela University.
Being a young player who has grown up in the Eastern Cape, coming through the schools system and being nurtured and retained in the province is exactly what the Isuzu Southern Kings aim to achieve. Many more Michael Bothas will continue being manufactured through the Eastern Cape’s rugby conveyor belt.


October 4, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS DEALT A TRIPLE INJURY BLOW AFTER SCARLETS MATCH

The Isuzu Southern Kings were dealt a triple injury blow following their Guinness PRO14 Round 5 defeat to the Scarlets in Llanelli, Wales, over the weekend.

Prop Schalk Ferreira, loose-forward Henry “Bakkies” Brown and scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen are returning home to South Africa after suffering injuries in the weekend’s match at Parc y Scarlets.

Ferreira suffered a broken nose, while Brown and Van Rooyen both suffered ankle injury. The injuries ruled the trio out for the remaining match of the tour where the Isuzu Southern Kings will face Benetton in Treviso, Italy, on Saturday.

The players will receive medical attention at home in Port Elizabeth before the touring party returns to South Africa to start preparations for their next Guinness PRO14 home match on October 26.

Replacing the injured trio on the tour is Xandre Vos, who will take the place of the prop veteran Ferreira, Stephan Greeff replacing Brown and Ruan van Rensburg, who had already arrived in Italy on Monday, is to replace Van Rooyen at scrumhalf.


October 1, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS NAME TOURING SQUAD

Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, has named a strong squad for the team’s two-week Guinness PRO14 tour of Wales and Italy.
The Port Elizabeth-based side departs on Tuesday from South Africa on the back of a 38-28 win over Glasgow Warriors, making their first stop in Llanelli, Wales, where they will take on Scarlets on Saturday.
The team will then move on to Treviso, Italy, where they will face Benetton the following week before returning home.
“We are going to take the tour game by game,” the Head Coach said about the team’s goals for the two-week tour.
“We have a tough programme, leaving on Tuesday after resting on Monday. We will only have one training session in Wales before the match against Scarlets.
“Again, we will need to ensure that everything, on and off the field, is very carefully planned, but we do believe that we can get the results on this tour.”
The touring squad will include CJ Velleman as a first-time traveller with the side after making his return to the field on Saturday after a two-year injury layoff.
Also in the squad is the experienced Rossouw de Klerk, who has returned to full fitness after a chest injury prior to the start of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season.
Centre, Tristan Blewett, who has been with the side for the past two weeks on a short-term loan from the Sharks, will also get an opportunity to travel with the side.
The 27-man touring squad is:
FORWARDS:
Schalk Ferreira, Justin Forwood, Michael Willemse, Alandre van Rooyen, Tango Balekile, Luvuyo Pupuma, Lupumlo Mguca, Rossouw de Klerk, Schalk Oelofse, Bobby de Wee, JC Astle, Marthinus Burger, CJ Velleman, Henry Brown, Andisa Ntsila, Ruaan Lerm
BACKS:
Rudi van Rooyen, Godlen Masimla; Martin du Toit, Ntabeni Dukisa, Masixole Banda, Berton Klaasen, Harlon Klaasen, Yaw Penxe, Bjorn Basson, Tristan Blewett, Michael Botha


September 25, 2018 in Uncategorized
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MARTIN DREYER ONLY INJURY CONCERN FOR ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS AHEAD OF TOUR

Isuzu Southern Kings front rower, Martin Dreyer, remains the only injury concern following the side’s 38-28 victory over Glasgow Warriors over the weekend.
The 20-year-old prop sustained a knee injury in the 75th minute of Saturday’s Round 4 Guinness PRO14 encounter at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium.
“We only have one injury concern from the weekend’s Guinness PRO14 match, and that is our prop Martin Dreyer, who injured his knee,” team doctor, Gershwin Kortje, confirmed on Monday.
“We cannot confirm the extend of the injury as yet as Martin will be seeing a specialist tomorrow (Tuesday) who will be able to give us a full diagnosis of the injury. The player has been receiving good medical care ahead of his visit to the specialist.”
While there had also been some concerns at the end of the final whistle on Saturday after lock JC Astle and prop Justin Forwood limped off the field, Dr Kortje confirmed that the pair, and others who had received some knocks and bruises, had recovered well.
“JC Astle is doing very well and has made a full recovery from his knock over the weekend. Justin Forwood, who had sustained an ankle strain, was also managed well by our medical team and has made a full recovery. There were a few knocks and bruises after the hard-fought win on Saturday, but those have been managed well and all the other players who played last weekend are available for selection for the touring squad,” said the team doctor.
The Isuzu Southern Kings touring squad will depart from South African shores tomorrow, with their first stop being Wales where they will take on Scarlets in Llanelli on Saturday. The side will then travel to Treviso where they will take on Italian side, Benetton next week.


September 25, 2018 in Uncategorized
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CJ VELLEMAN MAKES LONG-AWAITED RETURN FOR ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS

Isuzu Southern Kings loose-forward, CJ Velleman is set to make his long-awaited return to the field and Guinness PRO14 debut when the Port Elizabeth-based side takes on Glasgow Warriors at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15h00 SA-time (14h00 UK-time).

Following two years on the sidelines due to two serious knee injuries, the talented 23-year-old loose-forward will make his comeback from the bench after last appearing for the Isuzu Southern Kings in the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

Coincidentally, Velleman will be making his return to play on the ground where he played for his alma-mater, Nelson Mandela University, as a junior.

“It has been a long, hard past two years,” Velleman said.

“There are no words to describe the feeling of being back on the field again. I’m excited, and cannot wait to get back on the turf again.”

Head Coach Deon Davids has made four personnel changes to his starting XV for the Round 4 encounter, with an additional two positional switches.

The Isuzu Southern Kings will have a new halfback pairing as Rudi van Rooyen starts at scrumhalf, as Godlen Masimla starts on the bench. Flyhalf Martin du Toit will make his first start of the season in the No10 jersey, with Masixole Banda shifting to fullback and Michael Botha occupying the bench to provide backline cover.

The side will also have a new loose-trio as Andisa Ntsila shifts from No8 to blindside flanker. Ruaan Lerm will start at eighthman and Henry “Bakkies” Brown at openside flank.

“Our plan has always been to give our players a chance to play, hence our rotation of the squad,” Davids said.

“It is great to see guys like CJ Velleman returning to the side after working hard to get back to full fitness.

“We have worked hard this week on all the areas where we felt we fell short over the past few weeks. We are looking forward to playing at a new venue here at the Nelson Mandela University, but we know we have a big task ahead against a strong Glasgow Warriors side that remains unbeaten in the Championship.”

Gates at Madibaz Stadium open at 12pm on Saturday. Tickets are available at Ticketpro outlets and the University’s The Kraal at R20 for the open stand and R60 for the Grand Stand.

The team is:

1. Schalk Ferreira
2. Michael Willemse (C)
3. Luvuyo Pupuma
4. Bobby De Wee
5. Johgn Astle
6. Henry Brown
7. Andisa Ntsila
8. Ruaan Lerm
9. Rudi van Rooyen
10. Martin Du Toit
11. Bjorn Basson
12. Berton Klaasen
13. Harlon Klaasen
14. Yaw Penxe
15. Masixole Banda
Replacements :
16. Alandre van Rooyen
17. Justin Forwood
18. Martin Dreyer
19. Stephan Greef
20. CJ Velleman
21. Godlen Masimla
22. Ntabeni Dukisa
23. Michael Botha

September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS RE-SIGN STEFAN UNGERER

The Isuzu Southern Kings are pleased to have secured the services of scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, who will join the Guinness PRO14 side at the end of the Currie Cup season from the Pumas.
The 24-year-old Ungerer rejoins the team after having previously a key figure in the Isuzu Southern Kings side that played in their final Vodacom Super Rugby season in 2017.
The scrumhalf has been one of the standout players in this year’s Currie Cup campaign, having secured a few man-of-the-match performances.
“We are pleased to have Stefan Ungerer returning to the Isuzu Southern Kings. He is a quality player who fits well into the plans we have of building a quality side that will compete in the Guinness PRO14. We look forward to welcoming him back at the end of the Currie Cup season,” Isuzu Southern Kings COO Charl Crous said.
Ungerer played for the SA Under-20 team in 2013, and he has previously represented the Sharks and Isuzu Southern Kings in Super Rugby.


September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU KINGS VS GLASGOW WARRIORS 22 SEPTEMBER 2018

The Isuzu Southern Kings invite you to their Round 4 Guinness PRO14 match against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, 22 September 2018.

The match will be played at Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium, which will become the 45th venue to host a Guinness PRO14 match.

Details are:
MATCH: Guinness PRO14 Round 4 – Isuzu Southern Kings v Glasgow Warriors
WHEN: Saturday, 22 September 2018
KICK-OFF: 15h00 (SA time, 14h00 UK time)
WHERE: Nelson Mandela University, Madibaz Stadium

The NMB stadium field is being prepaired for the Springbok test match on the 29th September against Australia


September 17, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SA getting behind the Kings

My @isuzusa colleagues in JHB getting behind @SouthernKingsSA! #IsuzuSouthernKings, #IsuzuSA #WithYouForTheLongRun


September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized
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