Sykes, Fouche and Adriaanse set to leave Kings at end of season


Southern Kings Captain, Steven Sykes; fly half, Louis Fouche and prop, Jacobie Adriaanse, will all be leaving the PE-based franchise at the end of the 2016 season.

Sykes signed a two-year contractual deal with French club, Oyonnax, however it deems to be a purely professional-based decision, as the Kings Captain commends the spirit experienced at the camp throughout the year.

In his professional rugby tenure so far, Sykes also said that this has been his best year to date.

“Everyone at the Kings has been very positive and playing with a group of young players, who are eager to learn and play top class rugby, has also inspired me and helped me to improve my game,” Sykes commented in a statement.

“You have to take the opportunities when they present themselves,” Sykes added. With this in mind, Sykes said he will remain devoted and focused in his captaincy role at the Kings for the remainder five games of the season.

Meanwhile, Adriaanse is not moving abroad, but has signed a two deal with the Bulls until October 2018, but has also heaped compliments to the Kings’ set-up and efforts this season.

“The Kings have been a fantastic group of players to be a part of and I am really grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the structures here,” Adriaanse said.

Louis Fouche will be joined by Bulls loose-forward, Lappies Labuschagne, in joining the densifying South African delegates at Japanese club, Kubota Spears. In addition, the Spears are also coached by South African and former Bulls Head Coach, Frans Ludeke.