Marais holds no grudges against the Southern Kings


Cheetahs prop, Charles Marais, says he holds no grudges against the Kings after they did not offer him a Super Rugby contract this year.

The Kings drew Marais into their set-up in 2014 from the Lions, but he failed to receive a contract at the financially blundered franchise for this-coming season.

Marais has now been given a chance to represent the Cheetahs and is included in the starting line-up for Friday’s friendly clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

He told Netwerk24 that it will be strange to face his old team.

“It’s a weird but nice feeling to be here (in Port Elizabeth) with another team – a team for whom you can express yourself and just focus on rugby,” said Marais.

Marais spoke up about the revelation of there not being any external issues at the Cheetahs camp.

“All I want to do is play rugby. I don’t need any other distractions. I’m also not angry at the Kings, because your path in life goes the way it should,” he said.

“It was a good learning school at the Kings, but it’s not an experience I’d like to go through again,” he added.

The Southern Kings kick-off their match against the Cheetahs at 19:00 on Friday night.