Sevens

Kolbe joins Blitzbokke

2013-11-18 14:24
Cheslin Kolbe (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Junior Springbok Cheslin Kolbe has joined the Springbok Sevens training group in Stellenbosch, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Monday.
 
The training group will finalise their preparations at the end of this week for the next two rounds of the Sevens World Series tournaments in Dubai and Port Elizabeth. The 12-man Blitzbokke squad will be named on Friday afternoon and the group will fly out this coming Sunday from Cape Town to Dubai.

The Dubai Sevens takes place on 29-30 November and the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens on the weekend of 7-8 December in Port Elizabeth.
 
SARU will also announce a 12-man squad to play in the annual Dubai International Invitational tournament in two weeks’ time.
 
Kolbe’s last appearance for the Blitzbokke was in July, when he played in the 2013 Rugby World Cup in Moscow, shortly after he represented the Junior Springboks at the IRB Junior World Championship in France.
 
Since returning from Moscow, he has establish himself as a key figure in the Western Province backline during the Cape side’s Currie Cup campaign.
 
Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, described the addition of Kolbe as a huge boost for the squad and said he expects the player to slot in very quickly.
 
“Cheslin is very familiar with our set-up because he played for the SA Sevens Academy in Dubai in 2012 and was part of the Bok Sevens squad in PE last December. He is an exciting attacking player and someone that will obviously add a lot of value to our existing squad,” explained Powell.
 
The Blitzbokke are currently fourth in the World Series standings after the opening round at the Gold Coast.
 
They will open their Pool D fixtures in the 50 000 capacity Dubai Stadium against Argentina next Friday, before meeting Russia during mid-morning.

Their last pool match is an evening clash with the powerful Samoan outfit, who are also the defending Dubai champions.

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