Isuzu Southern Kings winger, Yaw Penxe, will make a long-awaited return to the field when the side takes on Connacht Rugby in a Guinness PRO14 clash at The Sportsground in Galway, Ireland, on Saturday.
After sustaining a hamstring injury in the opening match of the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season, Penxe has made a full recovery and will make his second appearance this season as the Port Elizabeth-based side goes in search of their second away win this weekend.
Penxe’s inclusion is one of only three changes to the starting XV that emerged 14-16 winners against the Ospreys in Wales in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ last outing three weeks ago.
Scrumhalf and vice-captain, Stefan Ungerer also makes a return to the side from injury after making his last appearance in the side’s last home match against Ulster last month.
In the forwards pack, the steady second rower, Aston Fortuin, returns to the starting team where he will pair up with Jerry Sexton.
The Round 7 fixture will also be the sixth and final match for loosehead prop, Juan Schoeman, whose loan agreement from Super Rugby side, The Sharks, comes to an end after the Connacht encounter.
The 28-year-old front rower has been one of the consistent performers for the Isuzu Southern Kings in the early stages of the 2019/20 season, with his presence being felt in the much-improved set pieces for the side.
“Husky” as he is affectionately known, will return to The Sharks in Durban to begin preparations for next year’s Super Rugby season.
The Isuzu Southern Kings will also receive a boost on the bench with hooker Chad Solomon and scrumhalf Theo Maree set to make their official debuts in their first match for the side since joining on loan last week.
The match will also see the return of tighthead prop, De-Jay Terblanche, who has re-joined the team after making appearances while on loan last season. He will also provide cover off the bench.
The Isuzu Southern Kings team is:
FORWARDS (1-8): Juan Schoeman, Jacques du Toit, Pieter Scholtz, Jerry Sexton, Aston Fortuin, Martinus Burger, Thembelani Bholi, Elrigh Louw.
BACKLINE (9-15): Stefan Ungerer, John-Thomas Jackson, Yaw Penxe, Howard Mnisi (C), Erich Cronje, Christopher Hollis, Scott van Breda.
REPLACEMENTS (16-23): Chad Solomon, Xandre Vos, De-Jay Terblanche, Bobby de Wee, Ruaan Lerm, Theo Maree, Siyabonga Masuku, Sibusiso Sithole.
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