22 July 2011 by Roy Barford

EP Kings deserve support

The Eastern Province Kings rugby team deserves all the support they are getting at the moment and I hope to see more rugby fans attending matches at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in red and black striped jerseys, during the next few months.

The Kings began their Absa Currie Cup First Division campaign with a 28 - 20 win against South Western Districts at this stadium on July 15 and gave the 5 000 spectators much to cheer about.

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has promised the Kings Super Rugby status in 2013 and the union has responded by beginning earnest preparations for the promotion.

Luke Watson (pictured above, courtesy of the EP Kings website), one of the world’s most explosive loose-forwards, has taken a big pay cut to leave Bath in the UK and return home to captain the Kings. Coach Alan Solomons, known as a rugby genius, has shown equal commitment to the union and is likely to attract more top players in the near future.

Other key players to watch this season include Norman Nelson (wing), Siyanda Grey (centre), Barend Pieterse (lock) and Jaco Engels (prop).

Scores of talented players have emerged from the Eastern Cape region in recent years, but the absence of a Super Rugby franchise has forced them to relocate. Brent Russell, Gcobani Bobo, Ryan Kankowski, Keegan Daniel, Lwazi Mvovo and the Ndungane twins are just a few examples.

If you are going to be in Port Elizabeth any time soon, visit the EP Kings website for a list of fixtures and take the time to visit the spectacular Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to see this exciting team in action.

On Friday, July 22, the Kings will play the Border Bulldogs in an Eastern Cape derby in East London. The following Friday, the Kings host the Griffons in Port Elizabeth.

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