Cape Town - Springbok Sevens coach, Neil
Powell, and Springbok Women's Sevens coach, Renfred Dazel, are keen to their
seasons going at the Dubai Sevens, to be played on December 1-2 at The
Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
The draw for the tournament was
announced on Thursday and the Blitzboks, who are the defending HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series champions as well as the current Dubai Sevens title holders, drew
Canada, Kenya and Uganda in Pool A.
The Springbok Women will compete
against New Zealand, USA and France, also in Pool A.
According to Powell, the pool,
with a distinct African flavour will be pretty tough, as the World Series has
become more and more competitive.
"It does not matter who you
play, to be honest,” said Powell.
“Every match is a tough one and
we will have to be at our very best from the start to beat the other teams in
Pool A. The standards of all teams have improved and there are no easy games
Powell said the pool announcement
was exciting, as it means the start of the kick-off to the new season is around
the corner: "We have a long season, with the 10 tournaments in the World
Series, as well as the Commonwealth Games and World Cup Sevens, but we want to
get going and knowing what Dubai has in store for us, make us keen to get
The Springbok Women's Sevens will
also participate in the Commonwealth Games and World Cup Sevens and according
to Dazel, will use every opportunity to improve and gain experience. The team
won the African qualifiers to the World Cup Sevens last month and will play in
Dubai as an invited team.
"New Zealand, USA and France
are in the top six of the World Series, so it will be tough," Dazel said.
"We are playing against the
best players in the world, so we need to pick our best and fittest team. All of
those with niggles will not be considered."
Dazel said there preparation will
now move on with Dubai in mind: "This does give us a good chance to
prepare, we are in different stages of preparation with our players and some
players will join us once they complete their university examinations. We need
to get them all on the same page before we leave for Dubai."
Dubai Men’s Pools:
Pool A: South Africa, Canada,
Pool B: England, Scotland,
Pool C: Fiji, Australia, Wales,
Pool D: New Zealand, USA,
Dubai Women’s Pools:
Pool A: New Zealand, USA, France,
Pool B: Australia, Russia,
Pool C: Canada, Fiji, Ireland,