Blitzbokke hunting Aplon

2011-10-04 10:28

Cape Town - Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu wants to obtain the services of Gio Aplon for the upcoming IRB Sevens World Series.

This comes after it was confirmed on Monday that Blitzbokke play-maker Cecil Afrika suffered a broken cheekbone.

Afrika will be out for between six and eight weeks after he suffered the injury during an international pre-season training match against Argentina in Stellenbosch on Friday. He underwent surgery over the weekend and could be ruled out of the opening tournaments of the new series.

The new Sevens World Series kicks off on November 25-26 on the Australian Gold Coast, followed by Dubai (December 2-3) and then Port Elizabeth a week later.

And Treu feels Aplon - currently with the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand - is just the right man to replace the injured Afrika.

"I'll have to ask (Stormers coaches) Rassie (Erasmus) and Allister (Coetzee) if they will release him to us. He probably won't be so tired after the World Cup tournament," Treu told Die Burger newspaper.


  • Jackool - 2011-10-04 11:24

    Aplon is better suited for 7's rugby period. A great player but just to small for the 15 man game.

      InternetMan - 2011-10-04 11:38

      I think he adds great value to any super rugby or currie cup team but he is too risky for the boks.

      sinvol - 2011-10-04 11:41

      Size does not matter. You doesn't need to be fat to play rugby!!!

      MR. Pretorius - 2011-10-04 12:07

      He might be smaller than some of the other international players, but what he lacks in physical size he makes up with heart and passion for the game!

      ikey_tiger - 2011-10-04 12:19

      i love it when people doubt Gio based on his size, cause I love looking over at your facial expressions when he either breaks the line or puts in a massive defensive effort to take down (and backwards) the big boys.. He is a classy all round game-breaking player that always plays with passion and puts the team in front of himself. I would put him on the bench and bring him on when we are in a sittuation where we need a try, kinda like they used Houggie in the pool games. I would start Houggie (duh) above Habana (injured or not).. Habana is class and has done more for the Springboks than most players ever will, but he isnt in his best form and he should earn his jersey again.. If anything this will lift his game.. Its very sad that Francious Steyn is injured, but I think him replacing Jean De Villiers during the pool stages might have been a wake-up call for Jean who has been a bit lazy the past couple of games he played.. He hasnt played badly, but not great either.. I really hope he gets his hunger back and proves that he should be the starting number 12.. otherwise start De Jong (another small Capie) who I rate very highly.. oh and @InternetMan: with great risk comes great reward.. Springboks by 6 Go BOKS!!!

      Jackool - 2011-10-04 12:42

      @Ikey. When he burst onto the scene he was quick, unknown and unpredictable. Now that he is known and more predictable, he is too easy to stop. A bit more muscle and size would have made him a little bit more difficult to stop and great for 15 man rugby. I do love his heart and spirit, but on my team there would only be place for one or two "smallish" players and that would have to be Hougaard and Lambi. One thing I will say about Aplon is that that he most certainly have not lost any of his hunger, he is just not as effective anymore. With that said I will be rooting for him if he plays, but I still think he is better suited for 7's rugby.

      Jackool - 2011-10-04 12:47

      @sinvol. Who said anything about fat you silly meathead? By the way, the "Size does not matter" thing is just something your wife tells you to make you feel better.

      IC1 - 2011-10-04 13:03

      @JackPool: Nope mate, he is not easy to stop or predictable, this youngster is very much a mix of Breyton Paulse and Tonderai, absolutely Brilliant, what a dynamic player, but a bit light maybe, but that's his edge.

      emile.eley - 2011-10-04 13:20

      Nicely put Tiger.

      Jackool - 2011-10-04 13:48

      I'll give him this much. Despite his size he stays up longer in the tackle than Schalk Burger.

  • IC1 - 2011-10-04 11:42

    Good move for both parties, go Bokke, go Gio

  • Jonathan - 2011-10-04 12:14

    He would be perfect fit for the Blitzbokke!!!

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