WP hooker joins Kings on 1-match loan

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Southern Kings (File)
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Cape Town - Western Province hooker, Chad Solomon has joined the Southern Kings squad in Namibia for a single match loan.

The Kings, who are preparing for the upcoming PRO14 season are set to play the Namibian national side, who themselves are getting ready for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The match takes place on Saturday.

Solomon joins the Port Elizabeth based franchise after regular hooker Gareth Heidtmann suffered concussion over the past weekend with Western Province coach, John Dobson, freeing up the player to provide cover for the Kings.

The Kings are also without Tango Balekile, who is undergoing rehabilitation for a foot injury, while new recruit Jacques du Toit will only join the side from the Free State Cheetahs after the Currie Cup final.

Loose-forward and captain for the first match against the Welwetschias, Lusanda Badiyana, and loosehead prop, Cameron Dawson, have returned home with an elbow and foot injury, respectively.

Xandre Vos has been added to the squad in Namibia to provide cover at loosehead prop, together with scrumhalf, Josh Allderman, whom interim head coach Robbi Kempson will look to give some time to build depth at half-back.

The squad also welcomed Elrigh Louw, who was released early by the Cheetahs to join the side in Walvis Bay. The 20-year-old who was part of the 2019 Junior Boks team will be providing lock and loose-forward cover.

It was also confirmed that winger, Christian Ambadiang, who was stretchered off the field on Saturday, had sustained a knee injury and would be returning to home where he will see a specialist.

Loose-forward Thembelani Bholi also sustained a concussion in Saturday’s clash and passed the early return to play stages. He continues to be under the close medical eye of the team doctor, Gershwin Kortje, and a call on his availability for the upcoming match will be made later in the week.

Compiled by: Craig Taylor

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