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Southern Kings announce first signings
December 13, 2015
The Southern Kings on Sunday announced the signing of the first 20 players to their new Vodacom Super Rugby squad.

The group will report for duty at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday for the continuation of administration and logistical preparations as well as working on strength and conditioning programmes. More signings will be made before the completed squad report for duty on 4 January.

The South African Rugby Union confirmed the players would be paid during the course of the week for November and December by a new holding company created and wholly owned by the South African Rugby Union to manage the financial affairs of the Southern Kings.

Charl Crous – the CEO of the Eastern Province Rugby Union – was also confirmed as the chief operating officer (COO) of the Southern Kings. He has relinquished his role at the EPRU to take up the position.

In related news, the Kings will also be launching their season ticket sales and replica team clothing range at the Kings’ club shop in the Port Elizabeth Boardwalk on Monday. A Ticketpro office will also be available at the shop.

Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union, said: “There have been a number of obstacles to overcome but we have made considerable progress in the past week. “There has been a lot of overheated speculation about all manner of things but we have not lost sight of our responsibility. “Our only desire has been to rescue the Southern Kings from the parlous state in which they found themselves and put together a competitive squad to represent the people of the Eastern Cape with pride in Vodacom Super Rugby.

“A new company has had to be formed to do that and with the assistance of the South African Rugby Players’ Association (SARPA) we have signed a number of the Eastern Province Kings whom our Rugby Department identified as fitting into a Vodacom Super Rugby squad.

“Our implementation team is in discussions with other unions and players to complete the signing of the squad that we have in mind.”

Roux said that further announcements would be made as and when signings were completed.

Southern Kings signings (to date):

Malcolm Jaer 20 Fullback
Siyanda Grey 26 Wing/centre
JP du Plessis 24 Centre
Stefan Watermeyer 27 Centre
Elgar Watts 30 Flyhalf
Louis Fouche 25 Flyhalf
Shane Gates 23 Flyhalf
James Hall 19 Scrumhalf
Kevin Luiters 23 Scrumhalf
Aidon Davis 21 No 8
Sipato Junior Pokomela 19 No 8
Cyril-John Velleman 20 Flank
Stefan Willemse 23 Flank
Thembelani Bholi 25 Flank
Cornell Hess 26 Lock
Steven Sykes 31 Lock
Tyler Paul 20 Lock/flank
Schalk Ferreira 31 Prop
Tom Botha 25 Prop
Edgar Marutlulle 27 Hooker

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