There were few surprises when Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids today named his 28-man squad for the team’s upcoming three match tour of Europe. The local franchise face a daunting schedule, with GUINNESSPRO14 championship matches against Ulster, Ospreys and Leinster on consecutive weekends.
Notable absentees from the travelling squad include flyhalf Oliver Zono and fullback Ntabeni Dukisa who are both likely to be out for an extended period of time due to injury.
Also missing are prop Martin Dreyer, scrumhalf Rudi Van Rooyen, wing Alshaun Bock and forward Dries Van Schalkwyk. These four are all still recovering from various knocks and niggles and Coach Davids along with team doctor Clement Plaatjies felt it would be unwise to risk them at this stage. All are expected to be fit for the home fixture against Benetton once the Kings have returned from Europe.
On the plus side for the Kings, front-row strongman Luvuyo Pupuma makes a welcome return to the squad after having come through a midweek friendly against the Madibaz Varsity Cup side unscathed and wing Michael Makase is also back from injury. Tentatively scheduled to be ready for action again in the near future are Justin Forwood and CJ Velleman whose long-term rehabilitation is going “according to plan.”
“I believe we’ve picked the strongest squad available to us and I have no doubt the players