East London to get a taste of Pro14 rugby

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The Southern Kings will play one of their 11 Guinness Pro14 home games in East London this season. In other development, the franchise has returned to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Southern Kings, after dispute with the Mandela Bay Development Agency, elected not to use the 46 000-seater venue and opted for the smaller Madibaz Stadium in the middle of last season.

Southern Kings chairman, Loyiso Dotwana, says the team belongs to the Eastern Cape people that is why they want to play a game in East London.

“We want to embrace that by taking the team to our fans all over the province. It is long overdue and we are excited about that prospect. And we are going to open up those discussions with the Buffalo City Municipality, to find of them hosting us in the near future.”

Meanwhile, Dotwana, described the withdrawal of one the candidates for the vacant Kings coaching post, New Zealander, Steve Jackson as a setback.

Jackson, who will coach Samoa at the World Cup in Japan next month, pulled out of the race citing a number of reasons,  including newspaper leaks on his application for the post.

“Look that was a major setback for us and we have learnt a lot of lessons out of that process. The process from now as I have already indicated is going to be different. We are looking at potential coaches and even on ones that will be available beyond the World Cup.”