Southern Kings may gain services of Lions centre, Hanekom

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 3, 2017
Southern Kings may gain services of Lions centre, Hanekom

Versatile Lions centre, Stokkies Hanekom, was on Thursday confirmed by the Lions Rugby Union that the 27-year-old will undergo a medical assessment at the Southern Kings, after which the Eastern Cape franchise will decide upon taking the player up on a loan offer for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Hanekom started his professional tenure for the shadowed Southern Kings outfit, the SWD Eagles, in 2012 where he made 14 appearances.

Since 2013, Hanekom has been involved in the Lions’ fold, where he made 23 appearances for the Young Lions, 24 for the Golden Lions Currie Cup side and eight for the Lions Super Rugby side.

He scored a total 11 tries for the Young Lions, nine for the Golden Lions and two for the Lions.  

The Citrus-born player was schooled at the prestigious Paarl Gimnasium in Paarl and outed for the Western Province junior sides between 2008 until 2010, before representing the Maties of Stellenbosh University in 11 appearances between 2010 and 2012 at Varsity Cup level.

In 2009, Hanekom represented the green and gold of his country – acclaiming five caps for the South Africa Under-20 side, where he scored one try in the Under-20 World Cup.

The Kings can most certainly make use of his experience at mid-field, and additionally seeping some his services and knowledge unto last week’s debutant outside centre, Berton Klaasen - if the Southern Kings are to accept the loan agreement.

Image: Stokkies Hanekom for the Golden Lions.