04/07/2020 - Isuzu Southern Kings Board Confirmed - A new five-person board has been confirmed to oversee the Isuzu Southern Kings affairs. Mr Andre Rademan, the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) president, has been appointed as the new chairman and is joined by Mr Mbulelo Gidane, chairman of the EPRU Finance and Human Resources Committee, SA Rugby Executive Council nominees, Mr
03/07/2020 - Toyota Cheetahs Confirms Departing Players - The Hurricanes last played the Chiefs a few days before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the original Investec Super Rugby season. In that game, the Hurricanes won 27 – 24 thanks to a last-minute penalty from Barrett. Jordie Barrett will make his return to Investec Super Rugby, as the Hurricanes get set for a clash against the Chiefs in
01/07/2020 - EP Kings Sign Cameron Wright - What we have been looking for is an experienced halfback after having only had Stefan Ungerer in the 2019/20 season as the only experienced No9 available to us. Stefan has made a great contribution, and now having someone with good experience behind them, like Cameron, also adding to our pool will take us to a higher level. “Cameron will bring with him not only the
29/06/2020 - Oupa Mohoje’s Extend Contract With Cheetahs - The Toyota Cheetahs announced that the 29-year-old flank, Oupa Mohoje’s contract has been extended until 31 May 2021. The experienced Mohoje captained the South African A side against the England Saxons in 2016 and played in 19 matches for the Springboks. Mohoje made 78 appearances for the Toyota Cheetahs since he joined the team in 2013.
25/06/2020 - Reniel Hugo Is Back At The Toyota Cheetahs - The 29-year-old lock, Reniel Hugo, will be returning to the Toyota Cheetahs following a stint in Japan. Hugo left the Toyota Cheetahs in 2018 to join the Japanese Top League club, Toyota Verblitz but enjoyed limited game time at the team. Hugo won the Currie Cup with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and was one of the leading players during the
22/06/2020 - Specman Returns To Toyota Cheetahs - The Springbok Sevens stalwart, Rosko Specman, will make a return to the Toyota Cheetahs after signing a two-year contract at the franchise. Specman played for the Toyota Cheetahs in 2017 and represented the team in seven Currie Cup and four Guinness PRO14 games, before heading to the Bulls in order to play in the Super Rugby. The fleet-footed player
22/06/2020 - SARU Take Control Of Isuzu Southern Kings - SA Rugby has assumed management control of the Isuzu Southern Kings, having taken back a 74% shareholding in the organisation. Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, is liaising with Kings director of rugby and interim coach, Robbie Kempson, on immediate team needs. Players, management, office staff, sponsors and provincial and metropolitan
18/06/2020 - SA Rugby Statement On Guinness PRO14 Restart Plans - The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings will continue to work closely with SA Rugby and the South African government in the coming months after plans were announced on Thursday that the Guinness PRO14 plans to resume in an abbreviated format, with Saturday 22 August, identified as target restart date. The northern hemisphere
12/06/2020 - Gerhard Olivier Retire From Professional Rugby - “I injured my neck 15 minutes into the last game that we played in the PRO14. It was against the Dragons. I was tackled from behind and I was kind of pegged head first in the ground. I kept on playing, but the neck injury was way worse than what we expected.” Olivier said. “I expected to make a full recovery being back in training with the boys now. With a mindset
08/06/2020 - Pro14 - Lesley Botha Joins Cheetahs From Montpellier - The 18-year-old centre, Lesley Botha, has signed a two-year contract at the Toyota Cheetahs from the French Top14 club, Montpellier. Botha, was in matric at Grey College in Bloemfontein last year, and also represented to the Free State Cheetahs at the 2019 Craven Week. The annual Craven Week was contested at Grey in 2019. Botha played for
02/07/2020 - Pro14 - Harold Verster Retire But Not Yet - His retirement will however also depend on the impact of the Covid-19 on Free State Rugby and SA Rugby, for his experience as President and Managing Director over many years provide stability and is invaluable during these difficult times. Thorough Succession processes will be implemented by the Board in due course.
27/07/2020 - Pro14 - Louis van der Westhuizen Headed To The Toyota Cheetahs - The 25-year-old Namibian international who is affectionately known as Chucky previously captained the North-West University Pukke in the Varsity Cup, and he also represented the Leopards while still in Potchefstroom. In 2019, Van der Westhuizen won the Johan Claassen Trophy as the NWU’s Rugby Institute Player of the
26/05/2020 - Pro14 - Pro14 Bleeding Contracts - The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come in rugby, however, the immediate effect thereof is becoming very evident when you go through the current list of players who are currently set to join and leave the Guinness PRO14 after the 2019-20 campaign. However, what is important to notice is the number of players who are being released from their
18/05/2020 - Pro14 - Howard Mnisi Returns To The Toyota Cheetahs - Mnisi was at the Cheetahs in 2013/14 while still contracted at the Griquas, but enjoyed limited playing time for the Bloemfontein-based team. After leaving the Cheetahs, Mnisi, made a turn at the Lions between 2015 and 2018. He joined the Southern Kings in 2019, but due to injuries he also enjoyed limited game time at PRO14 franchise. During his time at the
12/05/2020 - Pro14 - Toyota Cheetahs Signs Jeandré Rudolph - Jeandré Rudolph will be joining the Toyota Cheetahs on 1 November 2020 on a two-year deal. Rudolph is currently contracted by the Pumas where he had been playing his rugby since 2018. The 26-year-old loose forward can play anywhere in the backrow, and his play is tailor-made for the Cheetahs brand of rugby.
05/05/2020 - Schoolboy Stars Return Home To Bloemfontein - The Toyota Cheetahs secure the services of two former Grey College stars, George Cronjé and Marcell Muller as well as Ian Groenewald who started for Bulls in the last two SuperRugby matches. Lock, Ian Groenewald will be joining the Toyota Cheetahs on 1 November 2020 from the Griquas. He, however, represented the Bulls during
01/05/2020 - Pro14 - New Strength And Conditioning Coach For Toyota Cheetahs - He was the Strength and Conditioning coach of the SA Schools team in 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2016 he was responsible for the conditioning of the SA u.20 team and in 2017 he trained the SA A team. As a former rugby player, the Paarl Gymnasium alumnus represented Western Province at the u.18 Craven Week and was selected
12/04/2020 - Pro14 - Frans Steyn To Join The Toyota Cheetahs - One of the most versatile players in world rugby, Frans Steyn will be joining the Toyota Cheetahs. “We are delighted to announce that Frans Steyn has signed a 2 year agreement with the Toyota Cheetahs, starting on 1 July 2020”, said Harold Verster, MD of Free State Rugby (Pty) Ltd. Attending Grey College in Bloemfontein,
07/04/2020 - Pro14 - Free State Confirm Extension Of Six Key Players - The two props Aranos Coetzee and Charles Marais and flankers Junior Pokomela and Aidon Davis will be putting on the Toyota Cheetah jersey until 31 October 2022 and versatile forward, Marnus van der Merwe will be staying in Bloemfontein until 31 October 2023. The contract of the American scrum half, Ruben de Haas
20/03/2020 - Pro14 - Pro 14 Suspended "Indefinitely" - The board of Celtic Rugby DAC met by teleconference this week and agreed upon a strict list of criteria that would enable the Championship to recommence. Celtic Rugby DAC is the company that operates the Guinness PRO14. The participating unions of the Guinness PRO14 are the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Scottish Rugby Union
12/03/2020 - Pro14 - Guinness PRO14 Season Suspended In Wake Of Covid-19 Pandemic - The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the organisers announced on Thursday. “The PRO14 is an international league. Cross border travel is inevitable and that brings with it unique challenges. With governments in Italy and Ireland already putting in place clear
08/03/2020 - Pro14 - The Isuzu Southern Kings Work On Squad Development - They have only one win to show for their efforts so far this season and the early part of this year appears to have been a step backwards from where they were at the end of 2019 but that doesn’t mean the remainder of the Isuzu Southern Kings’ PRO14 Rugby campaign lacks relevance. The Kings have won just once in 13 games this season
04/03/2020 - Pro14 - Robbie Kempson Frustrated At Southern Kings - Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbie Kempson expressed his frustration with their inability to capitalise on the numerical advantage they had after Connacht replacement winger Peter Robb received a red card in the 15th minute for making contact with Howard Mnisi’s neck while carrying the ball up-field
03/03/2020 - Pro14 - Cheetahs Still In The Run, But Need To Win Home Games - Too many wasted opportunities and errors that cost them potential momentum was the by now all too familiar complaint that South African coaches shared after a disappointing round for the local teams in PRO14 Rugby. The Toyota Cheetahs used the strong gale-force wind at their backs to good effect in Newport on Saturday to open up a 10 point
01/03/2020 - Pro14 - Isuzu Southern Kings Lost Against Fourteen - Connacht kept the pressure on the top three in Conference A with a hard-fought victory over Isuzu Southern Kings, with the Irish side playing 65 minutes with 14 men. The Isuzu Southern Kings were unable to make the most of their home ground advantage and had to settle for a disappointing 29-19 loss.
29/02/2020 - Pro14 - Cheetahs Lose To The Dragons In Final Seconds Of Match - Sam Davies penalty earned Dragons their first victory over Toyota Cheetahs with the last kick of the game as Dean Ryan’s side completed a stunning second-half comeback. A late yellow card and the Cheetahs' inability to capitalise on a few vital point-scoring chances in their closing Guinness PRO14 tour match against the Dragons in Newport
29/02/2020 - Pro14 - Cheetahs Made Two Forced Changes - The Toyota Cheetahs will have to make do without the services of Jasper Wiese and Chris Massyn, which forced Coach Hawies to make some changes to the side from last week. Gerhard Oliver will be replacing Massyn, who has returned back to South Africa with a concussion and Aidon Davis is the number eight, replacing Wiese who has been suspended for
29/02/2020 - Pro14 - Siyabonga Masuku Make His First Starting Bearth For Kings - Isuzu Southern Kings flyhalf Siyabonga Masuku will earn his first starting berth when the Port Elizabeth-based side takes on Connacht Rugby in a Guinness PRO14 Round 13 match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, March 1. The 23-year-old, who has made three appearances from the bench so far this season, replaces
24/02/2020 - Pro14 - Robbie Kempson Frustrated After Mistakes Cost Them - Isuzu Southern Kings were two points behind on the hour mark before slumping in the last 20 minutes to a 36-17 defeat at the hands of Welsh club Scarlets. Kings coach Robbi Kempson was a frustrated man after his side were 19-17 behind on the hour mark but saw the Scarlets surge ahead in the final 20 to claim the points on offer.
24/02/2020 - Pro14 - Coach Hawies Fourie - "We Were Our Own Worst Enemies." - The Cheetahs dropped to fourth on the conference log as Glasgow Warriors overtook them while Ulster remained second behind leaders Leinster. The Cheetahs will face the Scarlets this weekend in their final tour match before returning home for a string of home games that will determine their playoff spots.
22/02/2020 - Pro14 - A Second-half Scarlets Blitz Sinks The Kings - The Isuzu Southern Kings fell short in their second tour match in the Guinness PRO14 on Sunday night, with the men from Port Elizabeth going down by 36-17 against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli. Scarlets kept up the pace in the top three of Conference B with the defeat of an improved Isuzu Southern Kings. The hosts outscored
22/02/2020 - Pro14 - Ulster In Convincing Win Against Fumbling Cheetahs - Ulster continued their unbeaten streak at Kingspan Stadium with a win against the Toyota Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO14 with 20-10. After losing to Ospreys last time out Dan MacFarland’s side were able to get back to winning ways in cold and wet conditions in Belfast with the Toyota Cheetahs left counting the cost of unforced errors.
22/02/2020 - Pro14 - The Isuzu Southern Kings Have A Lot To Prove Against The Scarlets - The Isuzu Southern Kings will have something to prove this week after going down 68-3 against Munster in their last match, and although they have never won against the Scarlets, the fact that two of their four defeats were by seven points or less will serve as some encouragement for Robbie Kempson’s young team.
22/02/2020 - Pro14 - Toyota Cheetahs In A Mist Win Against Ulster - Kingspan Stadium will play host to what could be a huge match in the final complexion of Conference A, come the end of the regular Guinness PRO14 season. Second plays third as Ulster Rugby welcome Toyota Cheetahs in one of the picks of the Round 12 fixtures, with both teams coming off the back of disappointing defeats last weekend.
21/02/2020 - Pro14 - Hawies Make Nine Changes To Cheetahs - Coach Hawies Fourie made nine changes to the side from last week. In the front row, Boan Venter, Wilmar Arnoldi and Luan du Bruin switch places with Charles Marais, Joseph Dweba and Aranos Coetzee. Sintu Manjezi returns from a shoulder injury and will be starting on lock with Walt Steenkamp. JP du Preez will be providing cover on the bench. The
21/02/2020 - Pro 14 - Elrigh Louw Back In Isuzu Kings Starting XV - Isuzu Southern Kings No8 Elrigh Louw will make a return when the side takes on Scarlets in a Guinness PRO14 Round 12 encounter at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday, February 23. The 20-year-old loose-forward served a one-week suspension he was handed for a dangerous tackle in the match against the Toyota Cheetahs earlier this month. As
17/02/2020 - Pro14 - Pro14 Require A Lot More Work From SA Teams - The two South African teams participating in PRO14 Rugby were reintroduced the realities of touring the northern hemisphere at the peak of winter as they were both comprehensively outplayed at the start of their respective tours. Champions Leinster extended their unbeaten run in all competitions this season to 17 by handing the Toyota Cheetahs a lesson
16/02/2020 - Pro14 - Cheetahs Struggled In Dublin - Conference A leaders Leinster Rugby extended their unbeaten run in the Guinness PRO14 to 11 games after beating Toyota Cheetahs 36-12. It was a tough day at the office for the Toyota Cheetahs in a challenging tour opener in soaking rain at the RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday. The hosts scored three first half tries to none by the Toyota Cheetahs for a 22-0 lead