Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens squad will
play two pre-season tournaments as they prepare for a historic campaign which
includes a bigger, revamped World Rugby Sevens Series and the 2016 Olympic
Games in Brazil.
The South Africans will contest the 2015 SAFLand
Sevens taking place on September 25 and 26 in Windhoek, Namibia, before
travelling to Singapore a month later to participate in the 68th edition of the
hugely popular Singapore Cricket Club Sevens event.
The Blitzboks have assembled at the
Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) to start their pre-season training
programme following their end-of-season break.
The 2015/16 Sevens World Rugby Sevens
Series kicks off on December 4 and 5 in Dubai and the series champions will be
crowned after the conclusion of Round 10 at Twickenham (May 20-22).
Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach,
emphasised the significance of the forthcoming season.
“The new season will be the most important sevens
season yet. The prospects of an Olympic gold medal in Rio and success in the
revamped World Series are two massive incentives for all the teams. We have
been working very hard to finalise our preparation plans in order to achieve
the goals we have set for ourselves,” added Powell.
Key dates for the Blitzboks in the 2015/16
Sunday, 9 August 2015
One year countdown to the 2016 Rio Olympic
Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 September 2015
SAFLand Sevens tournament in Windhoek,
31 October - 1 November 2015
Singapore Cricket Club Sevens tournament
Friday 4 December - Saturday 5 December 2015
Start of the World Rugby Sevens Series in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tuesday 9 August - Thursday 11 August 2016
Rugby Sevens programme at the 2016 Summer
Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil