Blitzboks excited ahead of new season

2015-07-03 09:29
Frankie Horne (AFP)

Cape Town - Springbok Sevens veteran Frankie Horne believes the new Sevens World Series campaign will be an exciting adventure, on and off the field.

World Rugby announced the new 2015-16 Sevens World Series schedule on Tuesday.

Interesting additions to the fixture list include Vancouver (Canada), Singapore, Paris (France) and South Africa’s new host city, Cape Town.

The Sevens World Series will be packed into a five-month schedule, giving teams time to prepare for the game’s debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Horne said the new schedule will be an interesting test.

“We’ll be travelling to 10 cities in a space of five months, so this will test the players’ fitness and endurance as weekly tournaments will be tough on the bodies. There will only be a total of two and a half weeks of rest during the entire season,” Horne told

“As a team, we’re putting the necessary plans in place to ensure we do well and achieve success. We want to build on to the achievements we recorded last season.

“We will probably incorporate a good rotation policy, which will help the players stay fit and fresh week in and week out.”

Horne added that he’s excited about the new host city destinations.

“I haven’t been to cities like Paris and Vancouver, so it will be new experiences for me and the other players. It’s always great spreading the Sevens game to new regions and meeting new people, creating plenty of excitement ahead of the Olympics.”

Horne thanked Port Elizabeth for the memorable tournaments, having hosted the South African leg since 2012. He hopes the support will continue in Cape Town.

“We have great memories in PE, and the locals and other supporters were always good to us. We will miss the stadium and its people,” said Horne.

“On the other hand, Cape Town presents a lot of excitement. It’s closer to home and our team base in Stellenbosch. We expect a lot of fans to back us at Cape Town Stadium, and if they can fill it, you can expect an electrifying atmosphere.

“I can’t wait to experience it.”

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