Wed 19 Jun 2019 | 05:20

Kings and their coach part ways

Kings and their coach part ways
Wed 19 Jun 2019 | 05:20
Kings and their coach part ways
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NEWS: The Southern Kings franchise and coach Deon Davids have ‘mutually agreed’ to part ways.

In his parting statement from the Kings, Davids said he needs to “grow further” as a coach.

While he did not say where that ‘growth’ will take him, recent reports have linked him to the South African Under-20 team – where he is expected to replace current Baby Bok coach Chean Roux.

”I have had a daunting, but at the same time rewarding, experience as coach of the Southern Kings,” Davids said.

“The time has come for me to hand the reigns to the next head coach.

“I need to grow further as a coach and look forward to doing that.

“The Southern Kings represent an important rugby region and I trust that with sufficient resources it will play its rightful role in South African rugby.

”I want to thank Rassie Erasmus [Springbok senior coach and SARU Director of Rugby] for giving me the opportunity to coach the Southern Kings, as he played a direct role in my appointment.

“I also want to thank Hennie Baartman the president of SWD and his executive, who unselfishly agreed to send me on this journey in 2016, shortly after my appointment as Head Coach of SWD.

“I also want to thank the coaches, the support staff, all the players and the wonderful supporters of Port Elizabeth for making this a very special time in my coaching career.

“I wish the Consortium [Greatest Rugby Company] well with their investment and role in the Southern Kings and my time with the team was well worth the effort and commitment,” concluded Davids.

Loyiso Dotwana, Chairman of the Southern Kings, thanked Davids for his “hard work” in laying the foundation for the future.

“He came in at a very difficult time but was still able to play an instrumental role in bringing stability and focus to the team,” Dotwana said.

“We take this opportunity to thank Deon for his efforts and to wish him well with his future.

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