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Southern KingsThe 2nd Article in the set discussing the Southern Kings.

In this Article we look at the contenders for HOOKERS in the Southern Kings 2013 Super Rugby group, and what their worth will be in Super Rugby terms.




The Contenders:

Name: Bandise Maku:

Position Hooker
Height 1.83
Weight 104
Date of Birth 24 June 1986
Place of Birth King William’s Town
Provincial Debut 2006 for the Blue Bulls against the Chiefs
Provincial Caps 82
Provincial Points 20
Super Rugby Debut 2008 for the Bulls
Super Rugby Caps 33
Super Rugby Points 0
Test Debut 2009 vs Italy
Test Caps 1
Test Points 0
Bandise Maku

He represented his local team Border Bulldogs at the 2004 Craven Week before moving to the Blue Bulls, for whom he played rugby at youth level.

He was first named in a Blue Bulls squad during the 2006 Vodacom Cup. He made his Currie Cup debut the following season, coming on as a 72nd minute substitute against Boland Cavaliers. A year later, he was also included in Bulls squad for the 2008 Super 14 season, making his debut in Rotorua against the Chiefs.

He joined the Lions for the 2011 Super Rugby season, where he started in 14 games. He also played Currie Cup rugby for the Golden Lions, where he was also a member of the starting line-up which defeated the Natal Sharks 42-16 to win the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division. He was injured for the entire 2011 Super Rugby season, but did play some Currie Cup rugby at the end of the season.

2012 Was an up and down season for Maku, some injuries… and of course his side got relegated out of Super Rugby at the end of Super Rugby 2012.

He has now permanently joined the Kings for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Bandise made a brief appearance for the Springboks and his first tour of duty for his country was with the Springboks to France, Italy, Ireland & England in late 2009. He earned his first cap for his country playing against Italy. In 2010, Maku was again called up for duty with the Springboks in a November tour of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. His call came two matches into the tour on 18 November 2010, after a controversial incident in which two other Springbok players tested positive for a banned substance.


Name: Edgar Marutlulle:

Position Hooker
Height 1.74
Weight 93
Date of Birth 20 December 1987
Place of Birth Boksburg
Provincial Debut 2010 for the Golden Lions vs Western Province
Provincial Caps 37
Provincial Points 40
Super Rugby Debut 2011 for the MTN Lions vs Bulls
Super Rugby Caps 8
Super Rugby Points 0
Test Debut
Test Caps 0
Test Points 0
Edgar Marutlulle

He represented Leopards at several youth levels before moving to the Golden Lions, where he made his first team debut against the Western Province in the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division.

He was included in the 2011 Lions Super Rugby squad, where he made his debut against the Bulls.

He rejoined the Leopards for the 2012 Currie Cup First Division season.

He joined the Kings on loan for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Edgar is a product of Potchefstroom High School and represented SA Schools in 2005, SA Under 19 in 2006, SA Students in 2008 and 2009 when attending North-West University.


Name: Johannes (Hannes) Franklin:

Position Hooker
Height 1.81
Weight 107
Date of Birth 6 October 1981
Place of Birth Randfontein
Provincial Debut 2003 for the Falcons
Provincial Caps 133
Provincial Points 130
Super Rugby Debut 2010 for the Lions
Super Rugby Caps 12
Super Rugby Points 10
Test Debut
Test Caps 0
Test Points 0
Hannes Franklin

He made his professional debut for the Falcons in 2003, then spent one season at the Pumas and three seasons at SWD Eagles before returning to the Pumas in 2009. During his second spell at the Pumas, he also represented the Royal XV in a game during the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. He was also included in the Lions Super Rugby squad in 2010.

He captained the Pumas side that beat the Eastern Province Kings in the 2010 Currie Cup Promotion / Relegation games, which kept the Pumas in the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division, but he joined Eastern Province Kings for the 2011 Currie Cup First Division season.


Name: Virgil Lacombe:

Position Hooker
Height 1.81
Weight 105
Date of Birth 7 July 1984
Place of Birth Brou-sur-Chantereine, France
Provincial Debut 2004 for Stade Toulouse
Provincial Caps 151
Provincial Points 60
Super Rugby Debut
Super Rugby Caps 0
Super Rugby Points 0
Test Debut
Test Caps 0
Test Points 0
 Virgil Lacombe

In 2000, Virgil Lacombe arrives at Stade Toulouse from Nîmes. That same year he played for the French Cadettes.

He made his first team debut on 19 November 2004, facing Castres Olympic as a replacement player and earned his first start on 10 May 2005 against SU Agen. He played 3 games in Top 16 and Heineken Cup during the 2004 – 2005 season, then 8 games in the Top 14 (including two starts) and two Heineken Cup games the following year. As from the 2006-2007 season and in his first professional contract year, his playing time became more regular and substantial.

His fisrst start in the Heineken Cup was on 29 October 2006 in a game against London Irish.

In 2011, he joined Brive and was released from his contract at Brive, following the demotion of Brive and re-joined Stade Toulouse.


Additional players

The players named and described above does not include the regular regular Border Bulldogs or SWD Eagles Currie Cup First Division or Vodacom Cup hookers or the Under 21 hookers, but as I’ve said before, I will limit discussion to players who WILL feature in Super Rugby in 2013.



My guess is that Bandise Maku will the premier hooker, he certainly has enough Super Rugby experience with both the Vodacom Bulls and MTN Lions. The second in line is difficult to judge, as we do not yet know what standard of play the French Toulon import, Virgil Lacombe will achieve. Edgar Marutlulle could also make a valuable contribution.


The next Article in the range will deal with the Southern Kings locks.

10 Responses to Super Rugby: Southern Kings squad contenders – Hookers

  • 1

    Done it, flok… what a schlepp!

  • 2

    By the time I’m finished with all the Southern Kings squad contender articles, I will know more about them than most of you know about your own sides…. and I still won’t like or support them!


  • 3

    Tounge-Out grootblousmile wrote:

    By the time I’m finished with all the Southern Kings squad contender articles, I will know more about them than most

    of their own selectors and supporters too
    even more than their captain Luke too

  • 4

    That Edgar Marutlulle must be in no condition to play at listed weight of 193 Whistling

  • 5

    2 @ GBS,
    If you like I will do the locks and flanks articles about the Queens. I will degrade myself for the greater good lol. :Crazy2:

  • 6

    Have to be between Maku, Franklin and this French guy.

    Question… who will play prop for the Kings? Really, no one thought of doing to recruiting at, say, Tighthead?

  • 7

    5 @ Cheetah4eva:
    Thanks Cheetah4eva for the offer.

    Next week I’m off and will have time to do it, have given myself permission not to do IT work next week…. hehehe

    … but I’ll call on you if needed to help out, thank you!

    Anybody know what time the T20 Cricket starts today?

  • 8

    Maku no doubt will be their first choice hooker. Thought he played well at the Lions. Will be interesting to see the French hooker they got as well.

    Though like I said on the other thread with the Kings getting another overseas player, just how many foreign players are each franchise allowed? I thought it was only two and see the Kings already have four.

  • 9

    @ grootblousmile:
    17h30 if I’m not mistaken.

  • 10

    6 @ GG,
    They have Engels at loosehead. Nor sure if Andre Schlechter is a tighthead. They did recruit, albeit poorly. They took Ross Geldenhuys off our hands Smile

    Then they also have Schalk Ferreira, Kevin Buys (TH) and Charl du Plessis (whom I have never heard of)


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