Deon Davids will coach the Southern Kings as they enter into the PRO14 campaign on September 2.
Southern Kings Chief Operations Officer, Charl Crous, officially announced Davids’ appointment as head coach of the side for the next three years.
Davids led the team to their best finish in 2017 in Super Rugby, claiming six victories.
David said he is looking forward to leading this team in the PRO14.
“I’m happy to be with the Southern Kings now for the next three years,” Davids told PRO14 Rugby.
“We’ll be starting this process of putting together a squad all over again. We lost a number of our squad from the Super Rugby campaign, and we are busy putting together a new, competitive squad.
“We have identified a large group of players and we have communicated, through our office, to the different unions regarding the players we would like to be here. The players that have joined us already are the ones that have been released from their duties at those unions. There are some players whom we are still awaiting the response of their various unions to release them as soon as possible.”
The Southern Kings squad began training this week in Port Elizabeth to prepare for their opening match against PRO14 defending champions, the Scarlets.
Davids has stressed the importance of long-term signings for the Southern Kings in order to maintain continuity. Exciting signings they have made include the addition of Stormers fly-half Kurt Coleman, Sharks winger Sbusiso Sithole and potentially former Bok wing Cornal Hendricks, subject to passing a medical.
“Most of the guys that we have signed now we tried to get for two years so that we do not sit in the same position again – where we will have to scramble for players, and also because Super Rugby is still ongoing while we will be in our off-season preparing for the start of the next season,” the coach said.
“We would have loved to wait for more players coming off-contract at the end of October, but we would have played eight games up until then, so we will have to prepare sufficiently now to ensure that we have a squad that has depth. I’ll be starting on a clean slate. If a player puts up his hand, I’ll back him.”
The list of these squad members is: Berton Klaasen, Bobby de Wee, CJ Velleman, Cornal Hendricks, Dries van Schalkwyk, Jacques Nel, Jarryd Sage, Khaya Majola, Lubabalo Mtyanda, Lusanda Badiyana, Masixole Banda, Ntabeni Dukisa, Oliver Zono, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Rowan Gouws, Sbusiso Sithole, Schalk Ferreira, Stephan Greeff, Tango Balekile, Tienie Burger, Victor Sekekete, Yaw Penxe, Kurt Coleman