Brent Janse van Rensburg will no longer operate as the head coach of the EP Kings, as confirmed by Eastern Province rugby on Wednesday.
Van Rensburg, who joined the union as a defence coach in 2015, served at the helm during the entire Currie Cup campaign. There is no clarity on why Van Rensburg has left the union but EP Rugby president Cheeky Watson expressed his gratitude for the contribution that the coach made to the 2015 season.
"We appreciate Brent's commitment to the task assigned to him and the many hours he worked in preparing the team for various competitions this year," said Watson.
"We convey our best wishes to him and his family for the future," added the Eastern Province rugby administrator.
Despite Janse van Rensburg's move, EP officials remain confident that the Southern Kings management team will soon be put in place to continue the preparations for Super Rugby.
"We are in regular discussion with the SA Rugby Union, who have taken over the organisation of the franchise, on the way forward and there is much work being done behind the scenes to ensure the Southern Kings squad is properly prepared for its return to Super Rugby in February," added Watson.
"Along with SARU, we are confident of putting a strong management team in place to continue with the preparations for our re-entry into Super Rugby. In terms of specifics, any queries can be directed to SARU.
"We would like to thank the contracted players for their commitment to the Southern Kings cause and to SARU for their assistance in the preparations of the Southern Kings franchise."