Cape Town - Several Springbok Sevens players could be unleashed to play 15-man rugby in this year’s Currie Cup.
The Blitzbokke returned to South Africa on Wednesday after finishing their Sevens World Series campaign in London at the weekend.
They finished second overall behind Fiji in the series and also secured qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Seabelo Senatla (Western Province) and Kwagga Smith (Lions) are the two certainties to play in the Currie Cup, but SA coach Neil Powell said the possibility exists that a few others could also try their hand in the 15-man code.
“At this stage, it’s only Seabelo and Kwagga who are definitely going to play,” Powell told Netwerk24.
“We’ll sit with the players and discuss and hear who of them would want to play Currie Cup rugby. We’ll then decide who we release.
“The names will then be forwarded to Jurie (Roux, SARU CEO) and he’ll give it to the different provinces.
“They’ll then have to hold discussions with SA Rugby and the players’ agents to see if they can get the players and what the costs would be.”
Some of the players rumoured to be keen to play a bit of 15-man rugby include Cecil Afrika, Justin Geduld, Werner Kok and Carel du Preez.