A 25-man Isuzu Southern Kings playing squad departs for Edinburgh on Wednesday for their first Guinness PRO14 match of 2019.
After a three-week break following their Round 10 encounter with Italian side, Benetton Treviso, the Isuzu Southern Kings team regrouped on December 27 to begin their preparations for their Round 13 fixture against Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, January 5. Kick-off will be at 19h35 SA-time.
“We are happy to be back in action after a good end-year break which came at a good time for the team to recuperate and return rejuvenated for the New Year,” Head Coach Deon Davids said.
Following the week’s preparation for the upcoming match, Davids selected a 25-man touring squad which includes hooker Michael Willemse, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who is set to make his debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings, hooker Alandre van Rooyen and Berton Klaasen – all who are back from injury.
“One of the positives from the break is that we have had the opportunity to get some of our players back from injury,” the Head Coach said.
“We are really pleased to have the experienced Sarel Pretorius, who was unfortunate to sustain a foot injury ahead of the start of the season, and Mikey Willemse, whom we lost quite early on in the season to a shoulder injury. We also have Berton Klaasen back after he missed our last match in 2018 due to a leg injury, while Alandre van Rooyen has recovered from a concussion.”
The Isuzu Southern Kings have also been bolstered with the inclusion of former Springbok prop, Robbi Kempson, as the side’s forwards consultant until the end of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season. Kempson will also be travelling with the team as they hope to continue improving in the set pieces for the remainder of the season.
The Isuzu Southern Kings touring squad is:
ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS TOURING SQUAD
Nicolaas “NJ” Oosthuizen
Alandre van Rooyen
Lubabalo “Giant” Mtyanda
John-Charles “JC” Astle
Andries “Dries” van Schalkwyk
Cyril-John “CJ” Velleman
Martinus “Tienie” Burger
Rudi van Rooyen
Martin du Toit