The Eastern Province Elephants are relishing the opportunity to play in the elite local rugby competition this season.

EP Elephants rugby bosses are working around the clock to secure the team’s participation in the newly incepted Franchise Cup tournament next month.

Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers was appointed as the Elephant’s coach in December.

De Villiers says, “For me to make the players realise how huge this opportunity can be to them but it also is a watershed you know. One thing this area doesn’t need is, ‘I said to you it’s about attitude’, the area doesn’t need it now, that’s why there is more pressure on us. We have a lot more pressure on us, but we believe that whatever happens to us, we will be ready for the challenge.”

SABC’s Thabo Daniels looks at the team and coach:


EP Elephants, which was founded in 1988, participates in the annual Currie Cup and Rugby Challenge competitions.

It is governed by the Eastern Province Rugby Union, represents the Western half of the Eastern Cape province, and plays its home games at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The team won the 2002 Vodacom Shield, 2010 Currie Cup First Division and 2012 Currie Cup First Division.