Kings bolster playing, coaching ranks

The Southern Kings continued to bolster both their coaching staff and playing squad ahead of the start of the PRO14 championship.

The Port Elizabeth-based side announced on Monday that the playing squad has been boosted with the signing and arrival of a number of players, who take the squad to a total of 40.

These include Southern Kings’ stars during the Super Rugby campaign – Andisa Ntsila, Luzuko Vulindlu and Alshaun Bock – as well as PRO14-experienced players Dries van Schalkwyk and Rossouw de Klerk. There are also additional players who are with the squad on a trial basis.

“We have put together a good squad that we are confident will be highly competitive in the PRO14 Championship,” said Kings head coach Deon Davids.

“We are blessed with a squad that has a good mix of experience and exciting youth. We have players who have good Super Rugby experience under their belts as well as recruits who have played in the Guinness PRO14 who know what we can expect.

“This is a squad that excites me. We are now working hard at ensuring that we gel as a team and build a good team culture as soon as possible. We want to hit the ground running from the first game, which is just over a week away, and continue to grow as a squad as the PRO14 progresses.”

The team’s coaching staff has also been bolstered with the inclusion South Africa ‘A’ and Border Bulldogs assistant coach Chumani Booi to Davids’ management team.

Booi takes over as back-line coach with immediate effect following the departure of Vuyo Zangqa, who has taken up a coaching position in Germany, at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby competition.

“We are pleased to be joined by Chumani Booi, who will be our new backline coach,” Southern Kings Chief Operations Officer Charl Crous announced on Monday.