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
“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
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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