Southland Stags option for Highlander King

17:00, May 02 2014

Chris King is undecided where he will play his provincial rugby this year but it seems a return to Southland could be one of the options.

The 33-year-old has been one of the Highlanders best players this season and tomorrow morning will become just the third player to play 100 games for the Highlanders joining Anton Oliver and Jimmy Cowan in the special club.

King played 51 games for the Stags with his last in 2011.

He was let go by Rugby Southland to provide more opportunities for local boy Nick Barrett to play of the tighthead side of the scrum.

Barrett has since signed on for Auckland and Pirates-Old Boys' and JP Koen is currently regarded as the frontline tighthead prop in the province.

Morgan Mitchell is touted as promising prospect at tighthead but is still learning his craft.

King is mates with new Stags coach Brad Mooar which could heighten the prospect of a return to Southland but he said yesterday from South Africa he is still working through his provincial options.

"It's something I've got to look into mate, there's no decisions at the moment," he said during a telephone conference before Ben [Smith] chipped in suggesting ‘he was coming to Otago boys, put it as that'.

"There's a bit of banter going on between the rivalries, but we'll just see what happens nearer the end of the [Super] season I think, I'm just keeping my options open really."


The Southland Times