EP Rugby supporters in Nelson Mandela Bay are in for a feast of top class rugby this year based on the provisional fixtures list recently made available.
The EP Kings are currently preparing for the Vodacom Cup tournament, which officially kicks off on the weekend of the 21st of March, with a home match against Kenya at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
In preparation, the Kings have lined up two pre-season friendlies ahead of the tournament, playing the Cheetahs on the 6th of March and the Golden Lions on the 14th of March at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
“We are still waiting on final confirmation on dates and times from SA Rugby, but we now know which teams we will be playing on which weekend,” said EP Rugby CEO, Charl Crous.
Crous said the EP Kings will play four of their seven Vodacom Cup matches at home this year, playing against Kenya’s Tusker Simba (21 March), DHL Western Province (11 April), SWD (25 April) and Natal (8 May) at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. Away games include Border (28 March), Free State (18 April) and Boland (2 May).
Supporters can also expect an action packed Currie Cup Premier Division line up, with the Kings once again taking on the top provincial teams as they enter their final preparations for Super Rugby next year.
Crous said they had lined up two mid season friendlies ahead of the tournament, playing DHL Western Province on the 25th of July and the Vodacom Blue Bulls on the 7th of August.
The Kings kick off their ABSA Currie Cup campaign with a home game playing against arch rivals, the Emirates Golden Lions, on the weekend of the 15th of August.
They play a total of five home games in the ABSA Premier Division, including the Emirates Golden Lions (15 August), the Steval Pumas (29 August), the Cell C Sharks (5 September) the Toyota Cheetahs (26 September) and the still to be determined qualifier (17 October).
Away games will be against the Cell C Sharks (22 August), the Emirates Golden Lions (12 September), the Steval Pumas (19 September), DHL Western Province (3 October) and the Vodacom Blue Bulls (10 October).
“Adding to the excitement, both EP U19 and U21 teams have secured their spot in the respective premier divisions, meaning supporters will be treated to two curtain raisers for four out of five home games during the Currie Cup competition,” said Crous.
“This means that our supporters will be treated to a festival of rugby at our Currie Cup home games, with these curtain raisers giving us the opportunity to showcase the amazing up and coming talent of this region,” he said.
Crous also encouraged supporters to show their support for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Varsity Cup team, the NMMU Madibaz, who kick off their 2015 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff campaign on the 16th of February.
Please note that these are provisional fixtures and dates are subject to change. Final fixtures, including kick off times, will be confirmed closer to each tournament.
Pre Season Friendlies (NMB Stadium)
6 Mar: EP Kings vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs
14 Mar: EP Kings vs Emirates Golden Lions
21 Mar: EP Kings vs Tusker Simba (Kenya)
28 Mar: Border vs EP Kings
11 Apr: EP Kings vs DHL Western Province
18 Mar: Free State vs EP Kings
25 Apr: EP Kings vs SWD
02 May: Boland vs EP Kings
08 May: EP Kings vs Natal
16 May: Quarter Finals
23 May: Semi Finals
30 May: Finals
Mid Season Friendlies (NMB Stadium)
25 Jul: EP Kings vs DHL Western Province
07 Aug: EP Kings vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Currie Cup Premier Division
15 Aug: EP Kings vs Emirates Golden Lions
22 Aug: Cell C Sharks vs EP Kings
29 Aug: EP Kings vs Steval Pumas
05 Sep: EP Kings vs Cell C Sharks
12 Sep: Emirates Golden Lions vs EP Kings
19 Sep: Steval Pumas vs EP Kings
26 Sep: EP Kings vs Toyota Free State
03 Oct: DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
10 Oct: Vodacom Blue Bulls vs EP Kings
17 Oct: EP Kings vs Currie Cup Qualifier
24 Oct: Semi Finals
07 Nov: Finals