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Southern Kings’ Herbst set to leave for Italy at the end of season

By Marc Jacobson - May 3, 2017
Southern Kings’ Herbst set to leave for Italy at the end of season

Southern Kings loaned lock, Irne Herbst, has confirmed that he will be heading to Benneton Treviso at the end of the season after having recently signed a contract with the Italian club.

Herbst was loaned from the Vodacom Bulls, where the lock is still currently under contract, and the Bulls’ High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, told SuperSport that the player will depart for Italy after 2017’s Currie Cup where he will out for the Pretoria-based franchise.

“Irne is under contract until October and after he completes the Super Rugby season he will head back to Pretoria to play Currie Cup for the Bulls. We have been informed that he has signed a contract in Italy and will be heading overseas at the end of this contract,” Janse van Rensburg said.

The almost 24-year-old Herbst was originally loaned to the Southern Kings Super Rugby franchise as a result of the bolstered locks front-lining the Bulls squad in Lood de Jager, RG Snyman and Jason Jenkins.

However, needless to say, Herbst, who was schooled at Pretoria’s Waterkloof, has so far made a presentable statement in the Kings’ jersey – being one of the prominent contributors in the forward pack.

The bearded lock’s services will be needed at the Bulls during the Currie Cup, where he will see his contract through, due to de Jager most likely to commit to the Springboks, while Snyman will temporarily take flight to play in Japan.

Despite sparkling form of late, Herbst was conjoined by speedsters Malcolm Jaer and Makazole Mapimpi in departing from the union, with the latter duo set to join the Free State Cheetahs – ironically the other, along with the Kings, expected to face the Super Rugby axe.  

Image: Irne Herbst.