Port Elizabeth, Tuesday, 05 May 2020 – The Isuzu Southern Kings is pleased to have honoured its salary payment obligations to players and coaching staff yesterday.
Due to the South African government-enforced lockdown regulations, the meeting between Isuzu Southern Kings shareholders, the GRC and the Eastern Province Rugby Union, did not take place following failure by EPRU to secure permits, as required by law, for the sitting to commence.
Every other day Isuzu Southern Kings team doctor, Dr Gershwin Kortje’s focus is primarily on the wellbeing of the team’s players, but that has changed over the past few days. With the global community facing the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Kortje has dusted off his white coat, and put himself in the frontline to focus on the medical needs of the South African community during this trying period.
The suspension of the 2019/20 season of the Guinness PRO14 is now on an indefinite basis due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The board of Celtic Rugby DAC met by teleconference this week and agreed upon a strict list of criteria that would enable the Championship to recommence.
The Isuzu Southern Kings were unable to make the most of their home ground advantage in their Guinness PRO14 clash against Connacht in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, and had to settle for a disappointing 29-19 defeat despite the visitors receiving an early red card.
Isuzu Southern Kings flyhalf Siyabonga Masuku will earn his first starting berth when the Port Elizabeth-based side takes on Connacht Rugby in a Guinness PRO14 Round 13 match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, March 1.
The Isuzu Southern Kings fell short in their second tour match in the Guinness PRO14 on Sunday night, with the men from Port Elizabeth going down by 36-17 against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli. The hosts outscored the visitors six tries to two.
Isuzu Southern Kings No8 Elrigh Louw will make a return when the side takes on Scarlets in a Guinness PRO14 Round 12 encounter at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday, February 23. The talented Louw missed the Kings match against Munster last week due to a suspension.
Munster proved too powerful for the Isuzu Southern Kings in their Guinness PRO14 clash at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night, scoring 10 tries to none for a convincing 68-3 victory. The Isuzu Southern Kings were reduced to 14 men as early as the seventh minute.
Edmund Ludick will earn his Isuzu Southern Kings and Guinness PRO14 debut with a starting berth while Luyolo Dapula will also make his first appearance off the bench when the Port Elizabeth-based side takes on Munster Rugby in a Guinness PRO14 Round 11 clash at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday.