Rose gets EP chance

The EP Kings have taken former Griquas flyhalf Earl Rose on a month-long trial.

The 28-year-old was released by Griquas at the end of the 2011 Currie Cup campaign after only spending one season with the Kimberley union. Rose will now hope to impress First Division losing finalists the EP Kings over the next four weeks to earn a contract.

‘Earl is with us on a trial agreement,’ EP Kings head coach Alan Solomons told ‘He will be on trial until 17 February.’

Rose has suffered a series of disappointments over the last couple years. Prior to his exit at Griquas, he spent five years at the Lions before being released ahead of the 2010 Currie Cup. This came after he went AWOL midway through a provincial sevens tournament in September 2010. His agent then confirmed that he was looking for opportunities overseas, specifically in France and Scotland, but these plans never materialized.

By Gareth Duncan