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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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squad announcemnt against Ulster


September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS EXCITED AHEAD OF FIRST HOME MATCH

The Isuzu Southern Kings remain in high spirits ahead of their first Guinness PRO14 home match where they will take on Ulster at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, September 16 (kick-off at 14h15).
After opening the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 campaign on the road against Zebre (Italy) and Dragons (Wales), the Eastern Cape side will be hoping to attract a good crowd to kick-off the home campaign in Port Elizabeth.
“We are looking forward to being back playing at home in Port Elizabeth,” an excited Isuzu Southern Kings captain, Michael Willemse, said.
“It is always awesome playing in front of our supportive home crowd. We look forward to continuing playing some good rugby and starting off our campaign at home well.
“It’s going to be a massive game against Ulster, who have just come off two close wins. They will obviously come out firing hoping to keep their winning streak, so it will be a massive one for us.”
Following a narrow defeat last weekend against Dragons, the team captain remains positive and optimistic that the side can build from the positive signs displayed in the opening two matches of the season.
“We are showing some good signs and making strides,” said Willemse.
“We are very close to a win. We know it is going to be a tough few weeks ahead for us, but we remain optimistic about things. If we can just cut out some silly errors, but the group is getting stronger.”
The Isuzu Southern Kings and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will provide great entertainment at the “Sunday Fun Day” with amazing events and give-aways throughout the day.
The day’s entertainment will include:
· A supervised kids zone
· Beer garden
· Live music
· Food trucks
· Kick for Cash competition
· Players signing session
Gates at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium open at 12pm on Sunday.
Ticket are available at the NMB Stadium Ticketpro office and all Ticketpro outlets.
Prices are:
· R150 for the Royal Lounge
· R50 for the East Stand
· R20 for kids and students (available only at the NMB Stadium Ticket Office)


September 12, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS AIM TO IMPROVE IN ROUND 2 OF GUINNESS PRO14

The Isuzu Southern Kings will be aiming to improve on their Guinness PRO14 opening round result when they take on Welsh side, the Dragons, at Rodney Parade in Newport on Saturday (15h00 UK time/16h00 SA time).

Head coach Deon Davids has made four changes to the team for their second round fixture. The changes include a first starting berth for the experienced Springbok Bjorn Basson, who will run on in the No11 jersey.

“Our main aim with our selections this week was to ensure that we keep some continuity in the team, and also to broaden experience within the squad,” Davids said about the changes.

“We are quite happy to see Bjorn Basson, our experienced winger, making his debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings.”

Other changes will see one of the Isuzu Southern Kings’ longest-serving players, Andisa Ntsila, making a return to the starting XV after he came off the bench last weekend against Zebre following an unfortunate injury that kept him out of action in the latter part of last season.

In a rotational change, Stephan de Wit replaces Brandon Brown at flank.

A positional switch in the backline will see Yaw Penxe, who started on the left wing last week, moving to fullback to replace Michael Botha.

Botha, who had an impressive debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings last weekend, has been ruled out of action with a groin injury.

“Andisa Ntsila was integrated into the team last week after being out for some time with injury. We are rotating him with Ruaan Lerm at No8,” explained Davids.

“Unfortunately, our promising youngster and man-of-the-match from last week, Michael Botha, did not recover efficiently from a groin injury and will be replaced by Yaw Penxe, who moves to No15, with Ulrich Beyers giving additional support from the bench.”

While the Isuzu Southern Kings defeated the Dragons 45-13 in their previous encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last season, the Port Elizabeth-based side is wary of the improved Welsh side, particularly in their own backyard.

“We expect a much improved Dragons side this weekend in front of their home crowd. I think we can expect a very physical battle up front. They have some evasive and quick outside backs, with their experienced No10 guiding them around the field,” said Davids.

“For us, it will be very important to quickly put last week’s performance out of our heads, and to build on the good things from last week. Obviously, we will have to ensure that we get out of our back 50 [metres] quickly and sufficiently as possible, and also when we enter the opposition 22-metre [area] to be precise and accurate in our execution in order to turn opportunities into points.”

Shirt no. Player (surname then first name)
15 Penxe Yaw
14 Makase Michael
13 Klassen Harlon
12 Klassen Berton
11 Basson Bjorn
10 Banda Masixole
9 van Rooyen Rudi
1 Forwood Justin
2 Willemse Michael (C)
3 Pupuma Luvuyo
4 Oelofse Schalk
5 De Wee Bobby
6 De Wit Stephan
7 Burger Martinus
8 Ntsila Andisa
Replacements
16 Van Rooyen Alandre
17 Ferreira Schalk
18 Mguca Lupumlo
19 Astle John-Charles
20 Lerm Ruaan
21 Masimla Godlen
22 Du Toit Martin
23 Beyers Ulrich

 


September 7, 2018 in Uncategorized
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TEAM SELECTION AGAINST ZEBRE

The Isuzu Southern Kings kick off their sophomore season in the GuinnessPro14 Championship with a match against Italian side Zebre at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma tomorrow (Friday) evening.

The South Africans will be eager to get their campaign off to a good start and banish the memories of a difficult debut 2017/2018 season. Head-Coach Deon Davids this week applauded the “focus and intensity” of his charges in the build-up to this fixture.

“We’ve had some really good sessions despite the very warm and humid conditions being experienced in this part of the world at the moment. We are preparing for a very physical and high-tempo challenge from Zebre. They have lots of experience and play in front of a very passionate crowd but if we focus on ourselves then I believe we have what it takes to win,” he said.

Davids also congratulated all the players who would be making their debuts for the Isuzu Southern Kings in this match and said he hoped they would “embrace” the occasion.

“Every single one of them has earned their place in the team and they help us in broadening our base of experience within the squad,” he added.

Those debutants in tomorrow night’s squad total 6. Amongst the run-on XV fullback Michael Botha, lock Schalk Oelofse and flank Henry Brown will start their first game in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ colours whilst JC Astle, Ulrich Beyers and Lupumlo Mguca are new faces amongst the replacements. The team, which will be captained by hooker Michael Willemse, shows the interesting selection of Masixole Banda at flyhalf. The mercurial playmaker regularly caught the eye whilst playing at fullback or on the wing last season and will partner Rudi van Rooyen at halfback.

Tomorrow evening’s match in Parma kicks off at 20h35 SA time and will be broadcast live on DSTV SuperSport 1.

Officials:
Referee: Mike Adamson SRU, 22nd Championship game
AR1 :Keith Allen SRU
AR2 :Manuel Bottini FIR
TMO:Stefano Penne FIR

1. Justin Forwood
2. Michael Willemse (C)
3. Luvuyo Pupuma
4. Schalk Oelofse
5. Bobby de Wee
6. Bakkies Brown
7. Tienie Burger
8. Ruaan Lerm
9. Poerie van Rooyen
10. Masixole Banda
11. Yaw Penxe
12. Berton Klaasen
13. Harlon Klaasen
14. Michael Makase
15. Michael Botha
Replacements :
16. Alandre van Rooyen
17. Schalk Ferreira
18. Luphumlo Mguca
19. JC Astle
20. Andisa Ntsila
21. Godlen Masimla
22. Martin du Toit
23. Ulrich Beyers

August 30, 2018 in Uncategorized
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EP ELEPHANTS VS BOLAND CAVALIERS 25 AUG 18

EP Elephants lumber off to Robertson to play their Currie Cup 1ST division match against the Boland Cavaliers on Saturday 25 August 2018 @ 14h30

The bulk of the team is made up of Club Players, all amateurs. We know they will give it everything and will fight till the end.

BOLAND
EP ELEPHANTS
A. Malherbe
1
D. Barnard
C. Lewis
2
J. Kota
C. Theron
3
J. van Wyk
M. Williams
4
J. Huisamen
R. Bothma
5
(V) G. Huisamen
T. Tsomondo
6
S. Punguzwa
L. Williams
7
A. Lungisa
Z. Jordaan(C)
8
Z. April
J. Juries
9
(C) J. Smith
E. Watts(V)
10
R. De Vos
S. Torrens
11
S. Msutwana
V. Wellman
12
S. Slater
G. Van Wyk
13
I. Du Preez
C. Mayeza
14
R. Arends
J. Jansen
15
K. Vers
REPLACEMENTS
F. Esterhuizen 
16
J. Antonie
S. Grundlingh 
17
L. Lombard
K. Cronje
18
N. Roebeck
F. Ngoza
19
M. Dlwengu
R. October
20
D. Williams
W. Engelbrecht 
21
S. Majola
J. Joseph
22
H. Olivier

August 24, 2018 in Uncategorized
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GUINNESS PRO14 2018/19 LAUNCH

Destination Glascow.

The Celtic Football Club  is a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premiership. The club was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow. They played their first match in May 1888, a friendly match against Rangers which Celtic won 5–2. Celtic established itself within Scottish football, winning six successive league titles during the first decade of the 20th century. The club enjoyed their greatest successes during the 1960s and 70s under Jock Stein when they won nine consecutive league titles and the 1967 European Cup.

The Guinness Pro14 final at the end of the 2019 season will take place at this hallowed venue. Coach Deon Davids and Captain Michael Willemse attended the launch represeting the Isuzu Southern Kings. Lets look forward to a challenging and rewarding season.


August 22, 2018 in Uncategorized
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