The board of the Southern Kings has voluntarily withdrawn the team from participation in any planned domestic rugby competitions in 2020. The players and staff were informed of the decision at 7h30 on Tuesday morning, following an urgent meeting of the board the afternoon before.
Southern Kings Director of Rugby and interim head coach, Robbie Kempson, said his charges have adjusted well to training under the COVID-19 safety guidelines and that the players were as happy as “kids with their hands in the cookie jar” to be back on the field.
The Isuzu Southern Kings can confirm that experienced halfback, Cameron Wright, will be joining the Eastern Cape-based franchise. The 26-year-old scrumhalf joins the Kings on a two-year contract which will officially commence on 1 September 2020.
SA Rugby has assumed management control of the Isuzu Southern Kings, having taken back a 74% shareholding in the organisation. Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, is liaising with Kings director of rugby and interim coach, Robbie Kempson…
The Isuzu Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs will continue to work closely with SA Rugby and the South African government in the coming months after plans were announced that the Guinness PRO14 plans to resume in an abbreviated format
The 2019/20 season will have an abbreviated finish that features the most attractive match-ups and rivalries from the Guinness PRO14 with two rounds of derby games in each territory counting towards final positions.
How has training been for the Isuzu Southern Kings during lockdown? When do you foresee the side returning to group training? Has there been any confirmation of returning to action – be it in the Guinness PRO14 or any other competition?
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After several weeks in lockdown, Isuzu Southern Kings speedster Yaw Penxe is itching to get back onto the field, but until then dressing up for training and being as creative as possible with home-based sessions will have to do to keep his fitness levels up.