Young stars out to impress Kings

Contracts up for grabs as EP selectors assess talent.

ON TRIAL: Scrumhalf Dylon Frylinck, who has played for the Stormers, Western Province and the Pumas, has been included in the EP Kings  trials - Picture GALLO IMAGES
ON TRIAL: Scrumhalf Dylon Frylinck, who has played for the Stormers, Western Province and the Pumas, has been included in the EP Kings trials – Picture GALLO IMAGES

FORMER Stormers scrumhalf Dylon Frylinck is one of three promising young rugby players on trial at the EP Kings, who are hoping to land contracts before the Vodacom Cup kicks off in March. The Kings have confirmed that the players on trial are Frylinck, hooker Martin van Heerden and former Bulls lock Cornell Hess.

The 22-year-old Frylinck, who has played for Western Province, the Stormers and Pumas, is an attacking-minded player described as a utility back who normally plays at scrumhalf.

Frylinck started his rugby career at Sweet Valley Primary in Bergvliet and moved on to play for Wynberg Boys High.

In 2013, Frylinck was part of the emerging WP squad and was named in the WP U21 squad. He also played club rugby for UCT Ikey Tigers, although he never played in the Varsity Cup competition.

His senior debut came during the Vodacom Cup last year when he came off the bench in WP’s traditional opening match against the Boland Cavaliers.

With first choice scrumhalf Godlen Masimla picking up an injury during the match, Frylinck was promoted to the starting lineup, playing in their matches against the Sharks XV, Kings, Border Bulldogs and a quarterfinal encounter against the Pumas.

Following an injury to Louis Schreuder during last year’s Super Rugby tournament, Frylinck was drafted into the Stormers squad for their match against the Bulls in Pretoria.

Frylinck then made a move to Nelspruit to join the Pumas for the Currie Cup Premier Division season. He made seven appearances for the side, but was released at the end of last season.

Hess, after representing SWD Eagles at several youth tournaments, joined the Blue Bulls in 2006.

He made his first team debut for the Blue Bulls in the opening game of the 2010 Vodacom Cup, coming on as a substitute in their game against Griquas.

He made a total of 28 appearances in this competition over the next three seasons and finally made his Currie Cup debut in the 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division.

He joined Griquas for the 2014 season, but failed to make an appearance for the Kimberley-based side.

Van Heerden has played rugby in France and he is hoping to make an impression on the Kings coaches during his trial spell.

The contracted Kings squad is:

Enrico Acker, Tim Agaba, Eben Barnard, Michael Bernardt, Thembelani Bholi, Tom Botha, Eital Bredenkamp, David Bulbring, Ronnie Cooke, Aidon Davis, Albe de Swart, Charl du Plessis, Armand du Preez, Martin Ferreira, Mthetheleli “Tazz” Fuzani, Shane Gates, Lizo Gqoboka, Hansie Graaff, Siyanda Grey, Jaco Grobler, Dwayne Jenner, Andile Jho, Tony Jantjies, Simon Kerrod, Cameron Lindsay, Kevin Luiters, Charles Marais, Edgar Marutlulle, Shaun McDonald, Enoch Mnyaka, Siphumelele Msutwana, Darron Nell, Brenden Olivier, Paul Schoeman, Vukile Sofisa, Kuhle Sonkosi, Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi, Steven Sykes, Claude Tshidibi, Jan Uys, Gary van Aswegen, Scott van Breda, CJ van der Linde, Marlou van Niekerk, Michael van Vuuren, Luke Watson, George Whitehead, Tim Whitehead, Stefan Willemse, Stephan Zaayman

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