FORMER Springbok No8 Shaun Sowerby jetted into Port Elizabeth yesterday to take up his new appointment as forwards coach of the EP Kings.
Sowerby will be a key pillar in the Kings coaching staff ahead of their eagerly awaited return to the Currie Cup Premier Division in August.
Before joining the Kings, Sowerby was linked to Grenoble in France before deciding to return to South Africa to embark on a coaching career.
Sowerby, 35, also captained the Sharks before moving to France and made his Springbok debut against Samoa.
The experienced Sowerby will linking up with Kings’ Currie Cup head coach Carlos Spencer and defence coach Michael Horak.
“We have a young coaching group that we are grooming and putting together for the long haul, ahead of our re-entry into Super Rugby,” Kings chief executive Charl Crous said.
“The idea was to get young, dynamic coaches so that this coaching unit could grow together and take us forward in the years to come,” he said.
The Kings have been busy on a conditioning phase, which will ensure the players are in peak physical condition when the team returns to the top flight after a 12-year absence.
With anticipation building towards the Kings’ opening Currie Cup match against Western Province in August, all eyes will be on the Kings when they play Wales in their first warm-up match on June 10 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The Kings were hoping to arrange a warm-up game ahead of the Wales showdown, but this is unlikely to happen.
After the Wales game, the Kings face the Bulls in a Super Rugby friendly on June 21. – George Byron