Cape Town - Frankie Horne will captain the SARU Sevens
Academy team at the Dubai International tournament, which also includes two new
sevens recruits in Tim Agaba and Siviwe Soyizwapi, formerly of the cash-strapped
Agaba and Soyizwapi this week became the latest sevens
recruits when they each agreed to terms with SARU to play sevens for the next
Agaba is a talented No 8 while speedster Soyizwapi has
already played for the Academy side in Singapore in September.
SARU on Friday announced the 12-man squad for the Dubai
tournament, which takes place on December 4 and 5 and will run concurrently with
the opening round of the new World Rugby Sevens Series.
Apart from Horne, the academy side - known as the Samurai
Internationals - also includes Springbok Sevens internationals Ruhan Nel, Rosco
Speckman and Stephan Dippenaar.
Together with Blitzbok veteran Horne, they will form the
nucleus of a strong line-up which will aim for their third tournament win of
the new season. The Academy side triumphed earlier in 2015, in August and
September, in Windhoek and Singapore respectively.
Marius Schoeman, team manager of the SARU Academy side, said
he was looking forward to seeing the two former EP Kings players in action in
the same sevens outfit.
“They are talented players and will find themselves amongst
very experienced company in Dubai, where the opposition will also be very
tough,” said Schoeman, a former stalwart of the Springbok Sevens team.
Schoeman added that Horne and the rest of the senior players
will play a mentoring role in the side.
“Frankie has got vast experience of playing on the World
Series circuit and he and the other Springbok Sevens players will give guidance
to the promising youngsters,” said Schoeman.
The team will travel to Dubai on Sunday afternoon.
The Samurai International (SARU Sevens Academy) to play in
the Dubai International Tournament is (SARU contracted, unless indicated):
1. Tim Agaba
2. Sandile Ngcobo
3. Frankie Horne (captain)
4. Dylan Sage
5, Dewald Human
6. Rosko Specman
7. Sphamandla Ngcobo
8. Siviwe Soyizwapi
9. Joel Booysen (Western
10. Ruhan Nel
11. Sibahle Maxwane
12. Stephan Dippenaar