Southern Kings have confirmed that hooker Michael Willemse will lead the Port Elizabeth side on their maiden PRO14 tour.
“I have decided that Michael Willemse will lead this group on this tour,” said Head coach Deon Davids.
“I think he was one of the standout performers for us last season in the Super Rugby competition. He is one of our core group of players that are still part of our setup. He has been a natural choice for me to take up that role as captain.”
Davids also announced his 27-man touring squad on that will open their PRO14 season with an encounter against defending champions, the Scarlets, in Wales before travelling to Ireland to take on Connacht.
The Southern Kings Guinness PRO14 touring squad for Wales and Ireland is:
Tango Balekile Masixole Banda
Stephan Coetzee Kurt Coleman
Rossouw de Klerk Ntabeni Dukisa
Bobby de Wee Rowan Gouws
Martin Dreyer Berton Klaasen
Schalk Ferreira Godlen Masimla
Khaya Majola Jacques Nel
Siyabulela Mdaka Yaw Penxe
Andisa Ntsila Sibusiso Sithole
Luvuyo Pupuma Rudi van Rooyen
Victor Sekekete Luzuko Vulindlu
Entienne Swanepoel Oliver Zono
Dries van Schalkwyk
Jurie van Vuuren
Michael Willemse (capt)