Cape Town - A Blitzbok training group
of 14 players will attend a three-day Team South Africa Olympic training camp
at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria. The camp will be held from Friday
18 March to Sunday 20 March.
SASCOC will share key information
with athletes and management regarding preparation plans for the 2016 Olympic
and Paralympic Games, which will both be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil later
The Blitzboks training
group consist of players who are all contracted to SA Rugby. No current Vodacom
Super Rugby players or any overseas-based players were considered for the
training camp. Kyle Brown, who has a chest injury and is currently in Canada,
as well as Werner Kok (knee rehabilitation) were also not considered for the camp.
“This is an exciting time as we
look forward to the Olympic Games, which will be a highlight of the season, but
the players know that we have four tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series to play and a lot can still change,” said Neil Powell, coach of the
Springbok Sevens team.
“We will cast the net far and wide
as we prepare for the Games as we want to ensure we take the best team to
Brazil to contend for Olympic gold.”
The following Springbok Sevens
training group will attend the Team SA Olympic preparation camp:
Branco du Preez
Carel du Preez