Port Elizabeth - Prop Louis Albertse has secured a spot on the Southern Kings bench for their Super Rugby opener against the Sharks on Saturday (15:00 kick-off).
The 25-year-old Albertse was selected to come on to the bench after the late withdrawal of Jacobie Adriaanse from the starting line-up meant the Kings had not yet finalised the bench for Saturday’s game.
Head coach Deon Davids said they had moved Tom Botha up from the bench to start, but were still evaluating two props who had joined the Kings last week.
“We had a late withdrawal of as a result of concussion, but we have two props who are training with us since last week, Louis Albertse and Liam Hendricks, who we will evaluate,” said Davids.
Albertse, at 1.81m tall and weighing in at 102kg, was born in Ermelo and represented KwaZulu-Natal in the Under-18 Academy Week in 2007 and then represented the union again the following year in the Under-18 Craven Week.
He moved to the Lions after school, representing them in the Absa Under-19 competition in 2009 and the Under21 competition in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012 he moved to the Blue Bulls, where he made his senior debut in the Vodacom Cup. He remained at the Bulls until joining the French Pro D2 team, Provence, for the 2015/16 season.
Albertse joined the Southern Kings last week on trial.
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Louis Albertse, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Cyril-John Velleman, 21 Leighton Eksteen, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Charles Radebe