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The Isuzu Southern Kings have agreed on a memorandum of understanding with French club, Toulon, in a move that will see a close working relationship between the two sides.

Isuzu Southern Kings’ Deputy Chairman, Rory Stear, and Chief Operations Officer, Charl Crous, travelled to France this week where they met Toulon President, Mourad Boudjellal, to conclude an agreement which will see an immediate close working relationship between the South African franchise and French club.

The ground-breaking partnership with a globally iconic club that has been crowned European champions no less than three times, further illustrates the ambitious intent of the Isuzu Southern Kings’ new owners, the GRC, to turn the Port Elizabeth-based franchise into a force to be reckoned with globally.

Part of the memorandum of understanding between the two teams includes:

  • Sharing of resources between the two sides,
  • An exchange programme between the coaching staff of both teams,
  • The sharing of player resources,
  • Commercial opportunities,
  • Youth development through both teams’ rugby academies, and
  • Fixtures between the two sides.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the Isuzu Southern Kings to twin with a renowned club such as Toulon – an iconic club in the world,” Isuzu Southern Kings Deputy Chairman, Rory Stear, said.

“Toulon is a club that has had a good South African link with great Springboks like Bryan Habana, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Juandre Kruger, Jacques Potgieter and Marcel van der Merwe playing for them. While other world greats like Johnny Wilkinson and currently Julian Sevea playing for them.

“This is an exciting partnership that will see us ensure that we are on track with our determination to make the Isuzu Southern Kings a world force, just like Toulon.

“We are excited and looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Toulon.”

April 5, 2019 in Uncategorized


The Isuzu Southern Kings have announced a 25-man that will travel to Belfast to take on Ulster in a Guinness PRO14 Round 18 clash on Saturday, March 23.

The team leaves for Ireland from Port Elizabeth on Wednesday evening, which will be the side’s final trip overseas for the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season.

After a two-week break since their last match – a close 19-26 defeat to Cardiff Blues in Wales earlier this month – the side will be eager to get back to action and will look to earn their first overseas win of the season.

“We have opted for consistency with the aim of building momentum from what was a close match against Cardiff Blues two weeks ago, Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, said ahead of the side’s departure from Port Elizabeth.

“A guy like CJ Velleman, who missed out on the last tour because of a suspension, could have easily come back into the side, but we have somebody like Henry “Bakkies” Brown who performed very well for us on tour, and so did Stephan de Wit, but we could only pick one of them. Bakkies did well for us, and for consistency’s sake, it was the obvious decision to make to include him in the squad.”

Experienced scrumhalf, Sarel Pretorius, was omitted from the touring squad after he sustained a knee injury at training last Friday. The 34-year-old Pretorius will be undergoing scans this week to determine the extent of his injury. His place in the touring group has been taken by Ruan van Rensburg.

In a pre-planned rotational change, centre Berton Klaasen will get some rest this week as Harlon Klaasen travels with the team to Belfast as he joins Meli Rokoua and Tertius Kruger as the traveling midfielders.

The Isuzu Southern Kings are expecting a thrilling encounter with one of the top Irish sides in Guinness PRO14 Rugby. The northern Irish side has managed to win 10 of their 17 matches so far this season, with only five defeats.

“Our focus now is on the remaining four matches, especially the next match against Ulster,” Davids said.

“We are working hard to ensure that we continue to improve and that we get some positive results.”

The Isuzu Southern Kings touring group for the match against Ulster is:


Alulutho Tshakweni, Schalk Ferreira, De-Jay Terblanche, Lupumlo Mguca, Pieter Scholtz; Michael Willemse, Alandre van Rooyen; JC Astle (c), Andries van Schalkwyk, Stephan Greeff; Henry Brown, Martinus Burger, Andisa Ntsila, Ruaan Lerm.


Stefan Ungerer, Ruan van Rensburg, Rudi van Rooyen; Bader Pretorius, Masixole Banda; Tertius Kruger, Meli Rokoua, Harlon Klaasen; Yaw Penxe, Bjorn Basson; Ulrich Beyers.

March 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

New appointment announced to strengthen the Isuzu Southern Kings.

Speaking at a briefing which was held with key stakeholders today, Loyiso Dotwana, the Chairman of the Isuzu Southern Kings Board, announced some key changes which are geared at laying the foundation to establish a professional, world class rugby team in the Eastern Cape.

Charl Crous, current COO of the franchise, has accepted a position as Head of Operations for PRO14 rugby, based in Dublin, effective from June 2019.  Dotwana said that he viewed this appointment as a positive development for the franchise given the in-depth knowledge Crous has of the franchise’s operations.

“The new Isuzu Southern Kings Board met for the first time today and I am pleased to advise that approval has been granted to commence a search for a new CEO,” emphasised Dotwana. “We will we go through a thorough process to review all potential candidates, thus ensuring that we make the right appointment for the long-term”.

“In the meantime, as an interim measure, Rory Stear, Vice-Chairman of the Board, and I will get involved in some of the day to day operations of the franchise, thus providing the focus which we need to implement the required changes. Ultimately we want to make this an environment which will attract the best CEOs.”

Former Springbok prop and respected coach Robbi Kempson has been appointed as  High Performance Director for the Isuzu Southern Kings.  This is a new role for the franchise and his primary responsibilities will include the recruitment of quality playing personnel, overseeing the coaching structures and establishing a High Performance  Rugby Academy.

“Robbi Kempson is a widely respected professional in rugby circles and is known for his extensive knowledge of the game, having played rugby at the highest level and for his immense role in the nurturing of young talent from this province,” said Dotwana. “It was therefore a natural decision to appoint one of the sons the Eastern Cape province into this important role,”

Dotwana said that one of the key objectives of the franchise was to improve on-field results from the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season. “While the Isuzu Southern Kings have shown a gradual improvement in the current season versus the inaugural 2017/18 season, we want to ensure that we win at least half of the fixtures from the next season.

“We expect next season to be very different. Just like in business, we are also ambitious with the results that we expect on the field. The ground work to ensure that we achieve our targets is already underway for the season,” he emphasised. “We will be doing everything possible to source the best possible talent to strengthen the core base of the team.  This will be balanced up with high potential local talent players within the current team and also other emerging players.”

Deon Davids remains on as Head Coach with his contract set to run until May 2020.

Dotwana said that it is important that the Eastern Cape gets a team which it can rally behind. “There is no other province which has the vast number of rugby playing schools that we have to source talent from.  Too often our talent leaves for other parts of the country and globe.  We want to change that by making the Isuzu Southern Kings a team that rugby players aspire to be a part of.”

March 15, 2019 in Uncategorized
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New journey begins for the Isuzu Southern Kings

Today the new owners of the Isuzu Southern Kings, The Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (Pty) Ltd (GRC) marked the start of their new journey by announcing their strategy going forward.

Speaking at a stakeholder conference the new Chairman of the Isuzu Southern Kings, Loyiso Dotwana, said that the franchise, which is the first black owned one in the country, would be run along key business principles.

“Our business model will enable the pooling of resources and talents to operate a smaller but professional high performance team,” said Dotwana. “Ultimately our organisation will reflect what South African businesses can become and should be.”

GRC recently purchased a majority  74% shareholding in the franchise from the South African Rugby Union (SARU).  This in turn enabled SARU to pass on a 26% shareholding to the Eastern Province  Rugby Union. “This gives them an equity position within a professional rugby team and also the opportunity to participate in our community programmes which will be targeted at developing rugby at a grass roots level, recognising that the Eastern Cape is the home of black rugby in South Africa,” emphasised Dotwana.

Another key milestone for the franchise was the announcement of a couple of months ago which ensures that the franchise has a multiple year title sponsor in place  – locally based, Isuzu Motors South Africa.  “We want this to serve as the catalyst for other Eastern Cape businesses to support the franchise,” he said.

The franchise is now in a position it has never been in before – guaranteed inclusion in a premier international rugby competition – The Guinness Pro14. The Isuzu Southern Kings, together with the Cheetahs, are the only two South African franchises and Southern Hemisphere representatives, who compete in this internationally acclaimed competition. “We are playing against the best professional clubs in the world and need to significantly up our game to ensure that we are formidable competitors.  This is all about playing quality rugby!,” said Dotwana.

The franchise, in conjunction with other partners will also be establishing a Rugby Academy by year-end.  This will geared at developing and retaining the best talent so that a strong future base can be built for rugby in the Eastern Cape. 

Dotwana also announced the composition of the Isuzu Southern King’s new Board:

  • Loyiso Dotwana (GRC) – Chairman
  • Rory Stear (GRC) – Deputy Chairman
  • Kenny Govender (GRC)
  • Gary Markson (GRC)
  • Bantwini Matika (EP Rugby Union)
  • Shaheed Patel (EP Rugby Union)
  • Michael Sacke (Isuzu Motors South Africa) – Independent Director
  • Gugu Nxiweni (Improvate Group) – Independent Director
  • Andre Rademan (EP Rugby Union)- Standing invitation to attend meetings

“We have appointed a well qualified Board and will also encourage agility and quick decision making. Three key Board Committees have been established to focus on rugby strategy, revenue generation and ensuring good governance.”

“We know where we are going and we have set ambitious goals which we are determined to achieve, most importantly the establishment of a professional, world class rugby team, right here in the Eastern Cape,” concluded Dotwana.

March 15, 2019 in Uncategorized
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Eastern Cape consortium acquires ownership of Isuzu Southern Kings

A consortium of Eastern Cape business people has acquired a controlling interest in the Isuzu Southern Kings rugby franchise, SA Rugby was delighted to confirm on Friday.

SA Rugby sold a 74 percent shareholding in SA Super Rugby (Pty) Ltd, the Isuzu Southern Kings’ holding company, to a company called The Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (Pty) Ltd (GRC). The Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) has acquired the balance of 26 percent of the shares.

The deal was recently completed following the conclusion of agreement on the commercial terms.

SA Rugby had taken control of the Isuzu Southern Kings in November 2015 when the EPRU, to whom the operation of the franchise had been granted, ran into financial trouble.

“We are delighted to have concluded the sale,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.

Loyiso Dotwana and Jurie Roux signing the deal

“The GRC are made up of committed local individuals who have the growth of rugby and the success of the Isuzu Southern Kings at heart. They are intimately involved in the commercial activities of the Eastern Cape and understand the potential of the region.

“This is a very significant and important development for the Isuzu Southern Kings. We look forward to GRC and the local community giving the Isuzu Southern Kings the ammunition to grow into the rugby force we know they can be.”

The owners of GRC are Eastern Cape businesspeople Loyiso Dotwana, Gary Markson, Rory Stear, Kenny Govender and Vuyo Zitumane.

Mr Dotwana, head of the consortium, said: “We have followed a rigorous process to take control of the franchise but we have been single minded throughout: that bringing ownership of the Isuzu Southern Kings into local hands will be good for the team and good for the region.

“We are rugby people who understand the Eastern Cape, the passion of the people for rugby and just how much a successful Isuzu Southern Kings team would mean to this region. We are focused and determined to deliver that success.”

Mr Andre Rademan, President of the EPRU, said that the fact that the EPRU was a shareholder would ensure continuity for rugby in the region.

“It is essential that the continuum between school, club, provincial and franchise rugby remains open and this new arrangement assures that,” he said.

“It has been a challenging three years for the rugby in the Eastern Cape but the establishment of a new EPRU board and now the local acquisition of the Isuzu Southern Kings franchise means that we can look to the future with real excitement and anticipation.”

March 8, 2019 in Uncategorized
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Exciting Isuzu Southern Kings flyhalf, Bader Pretorius, will get his first starting berth when the side takes on Munster Rugby in a Guinness PRO14 Round 15 match at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday. The 21-year-old Pretorius made his debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings from the bench in the team’s 25-21 victory over Edinburgh Rugby last month, and will this week play in his third match in the Isuzu Southern Kings strip after also being a substitute a fortnight ago against Toyota Cheetahs. The experienced Berton Klaasen will be on Pretorius’ outside, as the centre returns to the starting XV to pair up with Fijian Meli Rokoua in the midfield.In the forwards pack, loose-forward Stephan de Wit also makes a return to the starting XV in the place of the suspended CJ Velleman at openside flanker. The rest of the starting XV remains the same as the side that faced the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in the narrow 36-40 defeat.Following a day’s travel from Port Elizabeth to Cork earlier in the week ahead of Friday night encounter, the Isuzu Southern Kings have adjusted well to conditions since arriving in Ireland on Tuesday.“It was a long travel – about 26 hours of travelling – but it was good,” Captain, JC Astle, said on Thursday. “We managed to get a lot of training done last week, and on Monday before we left Port Elizabeth where we focused on the things we want to do against Munster.“We had rain in PE on Monday which prepared us for the conditions in Ireland. We are experiencing some cold weather in Ireland, between 2 and 10-degrees. We have had no rain so far, but underfoot it is quite wet, but we are adjusting to get the feel of what it will be like on Friday night.”The side is expecting a tough encounter against a strong Munster side that leads Conference A at the moment. A win for the South African side will boost their confidence for the remainder of the three-week tour which includes matches against defending champs, Leinster, and Welsh side, Cardiff Blues.“Munster is a very clinical side and are on top of Conference A, so we are expecting a hard match with clinical, good players who know how to do their job,” added Astle.“The aim of the tour, after we have had a few good games in the past few weeks, is to improve on that. Getting a good start. It will be nice to go into the last two matches of the tour with heightened confidence and giving stern competition to some good teams.”The match between the Isuzu Southern Kings and Munster will kick-off at 21h35.The Isuzu Southern Kings team to face Munster is:
Shirt no.Player (surname then first name) 
15Banda Masixole
14Penxe Yaw
13Rokoua Meli
12Klaasen Berton
11Basson Bjorn
10Pretorius Bader
9Ungerer Stefan
1Ferreira Schalk
2Willemse Michael
3Terblanche De-Jay
4Van Schalkwyk Andries
5Astle John-Charles (C)
6De Wit Stephan
7Burger Martinus
8Lerm Ruaan
16Van Rooyen Alandre
17Tshakweni Alulutho
18Scholtz Pieter
19Greeff Stephan
20Ntsila Andisa
21Pretorius Sarel
22Kruger Tertius
23Beyers Ulrich

February 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


A 27-man Isuzu Southern Kings touring squad will depart from Port Elizabeth on Monday on a three-week Guinness PRO14 tour of Ireland and Wales.

The side begins their tour with a clash against Conference A log leaders, Munster, this Friday at the Irish Independent Park in Cork. Kick-off for this match will be at 21h35 (SA-time).

The team will welcome back prop, Pieter Scholtz, who has finished serving a three-match ban following an incident where he made contact with the eye area of an opponent in a match against the Toyota Cheetahs in the first of three South African derbies in January.

However, the Isuzu Southern Kings will travel without flanker CJ Velleman, who has also been handed a three-match suspension for a red card he received last week in the side’s match against the Cheetahs early this month.

Velleman has been found to have contravened Law 9.11 (Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others) when he made contact with his elbow on Cheetahs flanker, Junior Pokomela’s head while the player was diving to score a try.

The suspension is effective from February 12 until March 3, and thereby rules Velleman completely out of involvement in the three-week tour which will also include a match against Conference B leaders, Leinster, on February 22 at the RDS Arena in Dublin and against Cardiff at the Cardiff Arms Park on March 2.

“We have had a good week of preparation leading up to our departure on Monday evening for this tour of Ireland and Wales,” Head Coach Deon Davids said.

“It is set to be a tough tour against Munster, a side that leads Conference A, then we face the defending Guinness PRO14 champions before ending off against another classy side like Cardiff. We have shown some gradual progress over the weeks, and we hope to continue on that upward curve, but most importantly we are still hungry to clinch a win or two on tour.”

Davids has selected a 27-man touring squad for the three matches which includes 16 forwards and 11 backline players. The team will leave Port Elizabeth on Monday night.



Schalk Ferreira, Alulutho Tshakweni, Pieter Scholtz, De-Jay Terblanche, Lupumlo Mguca, Michael Willemse, Alandre van Rooyen, Tango Balekile, Stephan Greeff, John-Charles Astle (c), Andries van Schalkwyk, Martinus Burger, Andisa Ntsila, Henry Brown, Stephan de Wit, Ruaan Lerm.


Stefan Ungerer, Sarel Pretorius, Rudi van Rooyen, Bader Pretorius, Berton Klaasen, Tertius Kruger, Meli Rokoua, Bjorn Basson, Yaw Penxe, Masixole Banda, Ulrich Beyers

February 11, 2019 in Uncategorized




In another thrilling South African derby, it was the Toyota Cheetahs who emerged victorious over the Isuzu Southern Kings in their Guinness PRO14 Round 12 clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

While the Cheetahs showed their dominance in the first half, the Isuzu Southern Kings’ never-say-die character emerged in the second half as the Port Elizabeth-based side forged a comeback to only fall four points short, with the home side earning a 40-36 victory.

It was the visitors who scored the first points of the match when Isuzu Southern Kings kicker, Masixole Banda, slotted in a penalty just two minutes into the match.

It did not take long for the Cheetahs to respond as captain Shaun Venter opened the try-scoring with a five-pointer in the seventh minute of the match.

The home side extended their lead when flyhalf Tian Schoeman followed up with the second try for the Cheetahs in the 15th minute.

The Isuzu Southern Kings were brought down to 14 men when centre Meli Rokoua received a yellow card for a dangerous tackle in the 21st minute. The Cheetahs took made full use of the one-man advantage with a try from winger, William Small-Smith.

The Cheetahs received a yellow card of their own when hooker Joseph Dweba was sent to the sin-bin in the 32nd minute. A minute later, CJ Velleman scored the Isuzu Southern Kings’ opening try of the afternoon.

The teams went into the break with the Cheetahs enjoying a 19-10 lead.

It was again the Isuzu Southern Kings who got the first points on the scoreboard in the second half when the team’s leading try-scorer Yaw Penxe bolted over the tryline.

The Cheetahs replied with their bonus-point try in the 55th minute when former Isuzu Southern Kings fullback Malcolm Jaer crossed the whitewash. Another former Isuzu Southern Kings player, Junior Pokomela, extended the Cheetahs’ lead when he dotted down in the 62nd minute.

The visitors were dealt a major blow when Velleman was sent off with a red card for making contact with Pokomela’s head while the Cheetahs’ flanker scored.

The home side looked to keep the match out of the Isuzu Southern Kings’ reach when substitute Reinach Venter scored the sixth try of the match that gave the Cheetahs a 40-15 lead.

The Isuzu Southern Kings showed a spirited fightback for the remainder of the match as Tienie Burger (73rd minute), Alandre van Rooyen (76th minute) and Berton Klaasen (83rd minute) scored tries for the visitors.

However, it was too late as the Cheetahs maintained their lead to earn a 40-36 win.

While Isuzu Southern Kings captain, JC Astle, praised his charges for the fighting spirit, he also warned against the inconsistency and discipline of the side.

“Things are going a little bit better if you compare with the start we had to the year. But I still think at the moment we are blowing hot and cold – that is not what we want. We want to start well and play for a full 80 minutes – that is our goal,” said Astle after the match.

“Teams like the Cheetahs get a little sniff and they are like a runaway train, and that is what happened today. Luckily we managed to attempt to stop the train, and we came back well. So finding that full 80-minute performance is now key for us.

“We have been trying to rectify our discipline and penalty count. It’s a fine balance we are trying to find at the moment between penalties and yellow cards. It’s a fine balance that we are trying to find.”



TRIES: Shaun Venter, Tian Schoeman, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer, Junior Pokomela, Reinach Venter

CONVERSIONS: Tian Schoeman (5)


TRIES: CJ Velleman, Yaw Penxe, Tienie Burger, Alandre van Rooyen, Berton Klaasen

CONVERSIONS: Masixole Banda (4)


February 4, 2019 in Uncategorized



The Isuzu Southern Kings earned their second win of the Guinness PRO14 2018/19 season when they came from behind to snatch a 25-21 victory over Scottish side, Edinburgh Rugby, at Madibaz Stadium on Saturday night.
It was again another never-say-die effort by the Port Elizabeth-based side, but this time instead if coming agonisingly close, the Isuzu Southern Kings were rewarding with their second win of the season – and also their second against a Scottish opponent after beating Glasgow Warriors at the same venue earlier in the season.
It was the Isuzu Southern Kings who opened the scoring when winger Bjorn Basson scored an impressive try in the fourth minute.
It did not take long before the visitors responded with a try of their own through centre Chris Dean. Jaco van der Walt converted.
Fullback Masixole Banda added two penalties before the break to give the Isuzu Southern Kings a 13-7 lead at half-time.
Edinburgh dominated possession and territory in the second half, spending close to 25 minutes after play resumed in the second stanza. The home side showed a gallant defensive effort as they kept their cool to defend over 30 phases until the visitors were rewarded with a penalty try in the 62nd minute for Edinburgh to gain the lead for the first time.
The game looked to be getting out of reach for the home side when substitute hooker Ross Ford scored his first Guinness PRO14 try in the 72nd minute to give Edinburgh a 13-21 lead following the conversion by Van der Walt.
The Isuzu Southern Kings’ replacements came to the party as their fresh legs gave the side a needed boost.
Replacement flyhalf Bader Pretorius scored on debut in the 75th minute as the home team forged a fightback.
Fijian Meli Rokoua showed his capabilities with great skill, and was rewarded when he superbly offloaded to Yaw Penxe, almost from the half-way mark on the field.
With a determined look and intent, Penxe was unstoppable as he bolted for the tryline to score the winning try in the 77th minute.
“I’m very proud of the effort that the guys put in. We really fought hard for the win and showed great composure in the second half. The guys who came off the bench made a big impact. They are young men, but they did what they were asked to do,” said Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids after the game.
“Our defence improved tremendously. I was proud of the defensive effort even in the previous match against the Cheetahs. We defended over 30 phases and we kept the opposition out. When those things happen, it shows the character of the people in the team and how the boys are gelling together and how they are playing for each other.
“A guy like Meli Rokoua came out and showed his talent. We have been working really hard getting certain aspects of his game right. In this game he stepped up and showed us all what he can do. We need that X-factor in tight games like this, and he brought that. We had some excellent finishes from Bjorn Basson and Yaw Penxe which showed the magic that these boys can bring.”
The proud head coach added: “We never dropped our heads after losses. We knew we were close, and we worked hard. We knew what our issues were as a team. In this game again we struggled with our scrums, but the guys that came on really put in an effort and fight. This showed that there are things in our makeup that we can still work on.
“Playing against guys that have been unbeaten for a while and tipping them over shows the spirit that is in this camp and the belief that is there. We just want to look forward and build from this.”
The Isuzu Southern Kings will now begin preparations for their next fixture – a second South African derby against Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
TRIES: Bjorn Basson, Bader Pretorius, Yaw Penxe
CONVERSIONS: Masixole Banda (2)
PENALTIES: Banda (2)
TRIES: Chris Dean, Penalty Try, Ross Ford
CONVERSIONS: Jaco van der Walt (2), Penalty Try

January 28, 2019 in Uncategorized


Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, has selected an experienced match-day squad to take on the Toyota Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO14 South African derby at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Friday night.
After a hard week of preparation for the first of three SA derbies for the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season, Davids named his squad of 23 on Thursday which includes six changes to the starting XV that played in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ first match for 2019 a fortnight ago.
Loosehead prop Schalk Ferreira will make a return to the side, together with hooker Michael Willemse in the changes to the front row.
Flanker Henry “Bakkies” Brown will also make a return to the team following a three-month injury layoff after having recovered from an ankle injury.
In the backline, Springbok winger Bjorn Basson makes a return in the No11 jersey, while Berton Klaasen will again form a midfield partnership with Tertius Kruger.
Ntabeni Dukisa will earn a starting berth at flyhalf, replacing Martin du Toit who will be on the bench.
Andisa Ntsila also returns to play after recovering from a knee injury to provide loose-forward cover. So too has prop, Rossouw de Klerk, been included on the bench following his recovery from a chest injury.
“We have selected a rather experienced side this week as we are fortunate to have quite a few of our players back from some lengthy injuries,” Davids said.
“We know that this derby against the Cheetahs will be a tough encounter, so we are happy to be able pick from a large pool of players in order to have one of the strongest possible sides for the important match.”
While there may be close ties between the Isuzu Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs, with players in both teams having played for the other, all emotions will be put aside for the 80 minutes the teams will battle it out for the bragging rights to the derby.
“The Isuzu Southern Kings will always have a special place in my heart because that is where things started for me and they gave me a chance to live out my potential, but that is in the past. I’m now with the Toyota Cheetahs and just want to play to my full potential this weekend and make a difference,” said Uitenhage-born Cheetahs fullback, Malcolm Jaer.
Lock Sintu Manjezi added: “I’m excited to be going against the Isuzu Southern Kings, there’s no love lost. I appreciate everything the Kings, and especially the Kings Academy, has done to develop my rugby career.”
A close encounter, high in intensity, can be expected when the two sides meet at 19h00 on Friday.
“This derby is, personally, special as it is against my former my team and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know it will be a thrilling and exciting match as I believe both teams will throw everything to get the win this weekend,” said Cheetahs’ loose-forward Junior Pokomela.
Another ex-Isuzu Southern Kings player, Aidon Davis, added: “The fans can definitely expect physicality and running rugby from both team, and hopefully the wind stays away for this one in the Windy City.”
Gates at Madibaz Stadium will open at 17h00.
Tickets are available at TicketPro outlets and will also be on sale at the Madibaz Stadium gates for only R20.
The Isuzu Southern Kings team is:

Replacements :

January 17, 2019 in Uncategorized