Southern Kings: Back to the beginning

06 August 2017 - 00:00 By KHANYISO TSHWAKU

The Southern Kings are accustomed to renewal. It's difficult to find a team that walks in and out of tournaments like the Port Elizabeth franchise does.
With their Super Rugby existence limited to just two years, they are preparing for life in the Pro14. Only four years ago they kept the Lions out of Super Rugby.
Such is the life of the Kings, but Eastern Province Rugby Union president Andre Rademan has already embraced the joys the Pro14 could bring for the team.
As per normal, they will have to start from scratch as a number of key players have headed elsewhere because of the uncertainty that shrouded the union.
"The challenge was that the time that it took for us to be announced led to uncertainty and some of the players left. Now there's the challenge of getting some back to start a new team. There are some players who have stayed behind who'll form the core of the new team but the challenge now is to get the side back together again for our first game in September," Rademan said.
"There's the challenge of getting a competitive side together and getting the coach to make sure the side will be prepared. However, I'm very positive that this can be done. We've done it before and I think we can get through this patch again."
Rademan was coy to talk about the length of Deon Davids's contract but said Davids will be staying with the team. From a continuity perspective, this could be the franchise's best piece of business as Davids found a way to make a patchwork team punch far above their weight. Victories against the Bulls, Sharks and the Waratahs were testament to the team's character.

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