Prinsloo, Sithole to lead Sharks
Sibusiso Sithole (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Sharks will send a talented and exciting side to the NBM 7s Premier League which will be contested on 14 and 15 December at Outeniqua Park on George.
According to Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick
, the Sharks will look to take confidence out of the fact that they won the recent inter-provincial sevens and will go into this competition with a few players who have performed at this level and higher in the shortened version of the 15 man code.
Coach Roelof Kotze who led the Sharks Sevens to victory will take charge of the 12 man squad, made up of Tera Mtembu, Peet Coetzee, Sizo Maseko, Anton Verster, Gouws Prinsloo, Milo Ngoro, Sibusiso Sithole, Calvin Karnezos, Tyler Fisher, Sean Robinson, Jaco van Tonder and Mzo Mbona.
“We were good enough to win the inter-provincial tournament and will take the core of that squad into the Premier League 7s which means we are positive and excited for this tournament,” explains Kotze.
With rugby having been included as an Olympic sport after an absence of over 90 years, sevens has gained attention and momentum ahead of its return in the 2016 Olympic Games.
“This tournament is good for sevens in South Africa, it gives players another opportunity to play because of the expense of competing overseas. It provides them with exposure at a high level and that should lift the level of sevens in the country.”
The side’s captaincy will be shared between Prinsloo and Sithole.
“S’bura (Sithole) has all the experience in sevens gained by playing for the Blitzbokke and Gouws has been a senior player in the squad for the last three years,” explains Kotze. “We also have Tera who has a lot of experience and between the three of them, the leadership responsibilities are covered.”