Brazil on 7s mission in SA

2014-09-18 10:44

Johannesburg - The Brazilian Sevens rugby squad will arrive in South Africa on Friday for a week's training camp to help them prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The South Americans will host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in three years' time and, as a result, have gained automatic qualification for the Sevens competition at the international showpiece.

The team will be based at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports for the duration of their visit to South Africa. The SAS training facility is also the base camp of the Springbok Sevens, the current Commonwealth Gold medalists.

During their visit, the Brazilians will have several field sessions at the Paul Roos Marktter Stadium and the adjacent indoor centre, in addition to usage of the modern facilities at SAS.

They will also participate in several training sessions with the Springbok Sevens and will have the opportunity to sharpen their fitness and training preparations against local university and club sides as well as the SA Rugby Union's Sevens Academy team.

The Springbok Sevens are continuing with their preparations for the season-opening HSBC Sevens World Series tournament at the Australian Gold Coast on October 11 and 12. A top-four spot on the World Series final standings will gain the team automatic entry into the 2016 Olympic Games.

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