Flush-out session as Blitzboks arrive in San Francisco.

2018-07-16 11:22
Renfred Dazel (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - It's all systems go for the Springbok Sevens and Springbok Women's Sevens teams in San Francisco on Monday as they start fine-tuning their preparations for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament, to be played at AT-T Park from 20-22 July.

Both teams arrived in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon following a 25-hour trip from Cape Town via Frankfurt and immediately set about their business.

The Blitzboks had a flush-out session at a nearby gym and the Springbok Women's side used the swimming pool and gym to loosen up the bodies and minds.

"This is a very short turn-around from departure to our first matches on Friday, so the flush-out was important. The players can now hit the ground running on Monday, when the tournament specific training starts," explained Renfred Dazel, assistant coach of the Blitzboks.

Dazel played in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009 in Dubai and coached the Springbok Women's Sevens team at the 2013 event in Moscow.

"With matches already in four days from now, every session counts and we need the players to be sharp and alert, in order to get maximum value out of every session," he said.

The men will start their campaign on Friday evening (local time) against the winner of Ireland and Chile, while the women face Russia, one of the pre-tournament favourites early on Friday morning local time.

Blitzboks squad:

Philip Snyman (captain), Dylan Sage, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Selvyn Davids, Justin Geduld, Rosko Specman, Dewald Human, Heino Bezuidenhout, Werner Kok, Zain Davids, Ryan Oosthuizen, Ruhan Nel

Read more on:    blitzboks  |  sevens  |  renfred dazel  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy


Of the current crop of rugby commentators - across all languages - who is your favourite?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.