Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens training squad will head
to Namibia at the end of the month to play in the Windhoek Sevens tournament.
The rugby event in
the Namibian capital takes place on September 25 and 26 and will be the squad’s
first serious on-field action as part of their pre-season training programme.
A combination of established sevens internationals and
several promising youngsters will participate under the banner of the SARU
Sevens Academy alongside the likes of neighbouring countries, Zimbabwe and
Botswana, as well as Poland. Namibia will field two sides in a bid to give more
of their local players a taste of international Sevens action.
Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said his players
were looking forward to kick-start their serious on-field preparations in
“The Windhoek Sevens is the ideal opportunity to assist
our training group with their preparations for the upcoming World Rugby Sevens
Series,” explains Powell.
“Our national training group have been together for a
while now, working very hard on their fitness and conditioning at our base in
Stellenbosch. This group is a mixture of experienced players who have played in
a number of World Series events, as well as exciting youngsters from our very
successful SA Sevens Academy.”
The new look World Series now consist of ten tournaments
worldwide and kicks-off in December with the Dubai Sevens, followed by the
first South African leg in Cape Town.
Powell, who led the South Africans to second spot on the
overall World Series log last season, described the forthcoming international
season as the most important yet.
“The newly expanded World Series and the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio makes the coming season a very special one. We are looking forward
to the season with great excitement and we want to use the Windhoek Sevens as a
springboard to launch our preparations for what promises to be a great but
demanding year of international sevens rugby.
“We are delighted for the opportunity to go and play in
Windhoek and we hope that people will enjoy the chance see us in action,” said