Cape Town - Springbok Sevens veteran and former Blitzboks captain, Kyle
Brown, admitted some excitement and nerves as he prepares to return to the
playing field after ten months.
The third-most capped Blitzbok off all-time injured his knee
at the Cape Town Sevens in December last year and had made a slow, but
steady recovery to full fitness.
He will run out for the Blitzboks on
Saturday at the International Sevens tournament played at the
Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch - where the Blitzboks will face England
Academy, Kenya and Scotland on Day One.
"The surgery went well, the rehab went well and the
pre-season running was tough, but I managed," Brown said as the team
wrapped up their preparations for the tournament.
"For the last two months on the training field, I
started to find my feet again. I don't know how, but it did feel as if the game
got faster in the time I was away, so I will use this weekend and tournament to
try and find my pace in the game."
Brown stood down as captain of the side at the beginning of
last season and Philip Snyman took over for the 2016/17 season, which saw the
Blitzboks win the overall World Rugby Sevens Series.
"It was a long pre-season and at times a strange one.
Due to some of the squad playing Currie Cup, we were only five players at
training at times," Snyman said.
“That made it tough, but it was a good one. The guys are
hungry to play some sevens and guys like Kyle Brown and Justin Geduld return
from injury and others return from Currie Cup. The rest, like me, is keen to
get back onto the horse. We are ready to give it a go this weekend and get into
the groove of things."
The tournament, which will see the SA Rugby Sevens
Academy Under-17 squad in action against international teams from Namibia and
Argentina as well, starts at 09:00.