Cape Town - Springbok
Sevens coach Neil Powell is keen to see his squad showing good form and
early season promise this weekend in Namibia, where they will contest
Safland Sevens at The Dome in Swakopmund.
Blitzboks open their 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series season with
this warm-up tournament, where they will face, among others, the
of Germany, Namibia and Kenya when the tournament starts on Saturday.
“We want to get the show on the road now,” Powell said.
will be an important tournament, as you need proper match fitness for
the season-opener in Dubai. Hopefully this tournament will see our
and pushed to the limit.”
coach travelled with a 14-man squad to this town on the Atlantic
coastline, but lost Carel du Preez due to a hamstring strain during
training on Thursday.
The forward is also likely to miss a warm-up event planned for Goodwood
in Cape Town next weekend.
is a pity for Carel as I wanted to give all the guys a proper run, so
he is going to miss out now,” said Powell. “I told the players they must
why I need to pick them for the opening two legs of the series, in Dubai
and Cape Town.
was hoping to play with two different teams, but with Carel out, will
change my plans slightly. We want to get the guys switched on again and
to make sure
they find their rhythm and feet as soon as possible. We will get some
tough opposition here and that will be a good test for us.
this will point to any weaknesses, if any in our structures and to the
areas we still need to work on in the next two weeks at home. The
are keen and ready to get the season underway,” confirmed Powell.
Blitzboks’ opening fixture on Saturday is at 12h00 against Germany,
followed by clashes against the SA All Stars (at 13h20) and Namibia (at
final pool match will be played against Kenya at 09h40 on Sunday
morning, with the knock-out competition starting at 12h00 on the second
national teams from Botswana and Namibia as well as the Namibian
Academy team will also be in action, as will Living Legends and Eye of
the Tiger (both
from South Africa).
Blitzbok squad to Namibia:
Tim Agaba, Chris Dry, Kyle Brown, Stephan
Dippenaar/Kwagga Smith, Philip Snyman, Carel du Preez, Branco du Preez,
Rosko Specman, Justin Geduld, Cecil Africa, Dylan Sage, Ruhan Nel,
Werner Kok, Siviwe Sovizwapi.