Eastern Province Kings


Eastern Province Kings
Eastern Province Kings
Eastern Province Kings logo.png
Full name Eastern Province Kings
Union Eastern Province Rugby Union
Founded 1888
Region Western half of the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Ground(s) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Capacity: 48,000)
Coach(es) Alan Solomons
Captain(s) De Wet Barry
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2010 Currie Cup First Division Champions
Team kit
Official website
www.easternprovincerugby.co.za

The Eastern Province Kings are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments and are governed by the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU or EP Rugby). The team represents the Western half of the Eastern Cape province, and they play their home games at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

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History

The team was originally a representative team, drawing players from within the provincial union area's club teams. However, with the advent of professionalism in rugby union in 1995, the team now contracts players from various regions. The team now operates more like a professional club, though the EPRU are still responsible for junior representative rugby teams and administrative matters in the region.

Prior to 2010, they were known as the Mighty Elephants, but in order to align themselves with the Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Kings, they changed their name to Eastern Province Kings.[1]

The union is intended to be the base of the Southern Kings, which will also incorporate the Border Bulldogs and the SWD Eagles.

Stadium

The team was originally based at St George's Park. They shared the ground with the Eastern Province cricket team.

In 1959, the EPRU decided to move the team to the then named Boet Erasmus Stadium. The stadium was later named Telkom Park, due to a naming rights deal, and then renamed to the current name, the EPRU Stadium. The team played most home matches at the stadium, with a few hosted at other venues in Port Elizabeth and surrounding towns. During the late 2000s, the team shared the stadium with football (soccer) club Bay United.

In 2009, the team played its first match at their current home, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Honours

The team's major tournament wins include the 2002 Vodacom Shield and 2010 Currie Cup First Division.

Results by season

The table below indicates the Kings' recent finishes. This includes games played as Eastern Province, Eastern Province Kings and Mighty Elephants.

Super 10
Season Pool/Group No of Teams Position Play-Off Result
1994 Super 10 Pool A 5 5th
Currie Cup
Season Pool/Group No of Teams Position Play-Off Result
1992 Currie Cup 6 6th
1993 Currie Cup 6 3rd
1994 Currie Cup 6 6th
1995 Currie Cup 6 6th
1996 Currie Cup Section A 7 5th
1997 Currie Cup 14 14th
1998 Currie Cup 14 9th
1999 Currie Cup 14 7th
2000 Currie Cup Section X 7 5th
Bankfin Cup1 6 1st Losing Finalists
2001 Currie Cup Section X 7 7th
Bankfin Cup1 6 3rd
2002 Currie Cup Section Y 7 7th
Bankfin Cup1 6 3rd
2003 Currie Cup Qualifying
First Division
2004 Currie Cup Qualifying
First Division
2005 Premier Division Section X 7 5th
First Division2
2006 First Division 6 4th Losing Finalists
2007 First Division 6 2nd Losing Finalists
2008 First Division 6 6th
2009 First Division 6 4th Losing Semi-Finalists
2010 First Division 6 2nd Champions
Promotion/Relegation 2 2nd Failed to win promotion.
2011 First Division 6 2nd Losing Finalists

1 Between 2000 and 2002, the top 4 in each section qualified for the Top 8 tournament, the bottom 3 in each section for the Bankfin Cup.
2 In 2005, the top 4 in each section qualified for the Premier Division, the bottom 3 in each section for the First Division.

Vodacom Cup
Season Pool/Group No of Teams Position Play-Off Result
1998 Vodacom Cup Section A 7 4th
1999 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 7 4th
2000 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 7 3rd Losing Quarter Finalists
2001 Vodacom Cup Section X 8 5th
Vodacom Shield1 6 2nd Losing Finalists
2002 Vodacom Cup Section X 7 6th
Vodacom Shield1 6 3rd Champions
2003 Vodacom Shield 7 4th Losing Semi-Finalists
2004 Vodacom Shield 7 6th
2005 Vodacom Cup Section X 7 7th
2006 Vodacom Cup 14 12th
2007 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 7 4th Losing Quarter Finalists
2008 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 7 6th
2009 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 7 7th
2010 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 8 6th
2011 Vodacom Cup Southern Section 8 5th

1 Between 2001 and 2002, the top 4 in each section qualified for the Vodacom Top 8 tournament,
the bottom 3 in each section for the Vodacom Shield.

2011 season

Current Squad

As of 5 November 2011

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Jaco Engels Prop Namibia Namibia
Sphephelo Mayaba Prop South Africa South Africa
Clint Newland Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Pumlani Nodikida Prop South Africa South Africa
André Schlechter Prop Namibia Namibia
Riaan Vermeulen Prop South Africa South Africa
Bobby Dyer Hooker South Africa South Africa
Jaco Fourie Hooker South Africa South Africa
Hannes Franklin Hooker South Africa South Africa
Frank Herne Hooker South Africa South Africa
Barend Pieterse Lock South Africa South Africa
Joe Snyman Lock South Africa South Africa
Wayne van Heerden Lock South Africa South Africa
Conraad Britz Flanker South Africa South Africa
Cornell du Preez Flanker South Africa South Africa
Jacques Engelbrecht Flanker South Africa South Africa
Mpho Mbiyozo Flanker South Africa South Africa
Devin Oosthuizen Flanker South Africa South Africa
Darron Nell Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Luke Watson (captain) Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
Boela Abrahams Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Danie Faasen Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Marlon Lewis Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Falie Oelschig Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Shane Gates Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Louis Strydom Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Matt Tayler-Smith Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Jaco van Schalkwyk Fly-half South Africa South Africa
De Wet Barry Centre South Africa South Africa
Jaco Bekker Centre South Africa South Africa
Siyanda Grey Centre South Africa South Africa
Morgan Newman Centre South Africa South Africa
Wayne Stevens Centre South Africa South Africa
Joe Breytenbach Wing South Africa South Africa
Norman Nelson Wing South Africa South Africa
Jongi Nokwe Wing South Africa South Africa
Milo Nqoro Wing South Africa South Africa
Paul Perez Wing Samoa Samoa
Marcello Sampson Wing South Africa South Africa
Andile Witbooi Wing South Africa South Africa
Tiger Mangweni Fullback South Africa South Africa
SP Marais Fullback South Africa South Africa
Mzwandile Stick Fullback South Africa South Africa
George Whitehead Fullback South Africa South Africa

Team Officials

Anele Pamba CEO
Sydney Goba Manager
Alan Solomons Director of Rugby / Head Coach
David Maidza Backline Coach
Phil Mack Strength & Conditioning Coach
Robbie Kempson Academy Manager / Scrum Coach

References

External links


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