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Six Southern Kings players returning to fitness by beginning of February

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 10, 2017
Six Southern Kings players returning to fitness by beginning of February

Following the two and a half week Christmas break, the Southern Kings took to pre-season training on the 9th January ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season in February – with six squad members readying to be fit by the end of the month.

The squad have partaken in some gruel pre-season training since November 2016 and should enter the annual Super Rugby competition next month on the ground running. Southern Kings’ team doctor, Konrad von Hagen, expressed his delight in that the squad has retrospectively seen no new injuries since the side’s last rugby action and over the end-of-year Christmas break.

In his medical re-assessment of the squad, Von Hagen also emphasized on the positive progress some injured players have made to returning to the field in due course, with six of the seven injured players returning to full fitness by the beginning of February.

“We are quite pleased with the good progress that our players who have been on our injury list since last year. They are all on track and we expect most of them to make full recoveries by the end of this month (January), in time for our first Vodacom Super Rugby match on February 25.”  

The six players readying to be fit by the end of the month are: Sintu Manjezi (knee), Chris Cloete (knee), Tango Balekile (shoulder), Tyler Paul (shoulder), Malcolm Jaer (hamstring) and Wandile Mjekevu (foot).

Star flanker and ball-pilfer from last season, CJ Velleman (knee), sets to be the only player remaining on the injury list by the end of January and is only expected to be fully fit by April 2017.

The Southern Kings are set to play two warm-up matches in their preparations ahead of the Super Rugby campaign against Border Bulldogs (4th February in East London) and SWD Eagles (11th February at NMB Stadium, Port Elizabeth) respectively.

The side will then kick-off their Super Rugby campaign against the Jaguares at the NMB Stadium on February 25th. The new Southern Kings’ Super Rugby home and away jerseys are yet to be unveiled.

Image: Southern Kings' flanker, Chris Cloete.