Southern Kings coach Deon Davids speaks at a press conference. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

PORT ELIZABETH – The Southern Kings will be without coach Deon Davids for at least the first part of their trip to Europe for three PRO14 matches against Ulster, Ospreys and Leinster.

Davids has been unable to travel with the team due to medical reasons and in his absence, Barend Pieterse will take over the coaching reins.

A statement released by the Kings reads: “We can confirm that head coach Deon Davids has not travelled with the touring squad due to medical reasons. 

"Davids will join up with the rest of the squad at a later date. Until his return, coach Barend Pieterse will take up the reins. We would like to wish him (Davids) all the best with his recovery and hope to see him back soon.”

The Kings first game is against Ulster on Friday, followed by games against Ospreys (the following Friday) and Leinster a week later.

The Kings have not done well in their debut season in the PRO14, having lost all 13 matches to date.  

African News Agency (ANA)

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