Sevens duo gets some game time

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:23
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok Sevens stars Seabelo Senatla and Albertus 'Kwagga' Smith will gain some valuable match fitness on Saturday when they run out for the SA Rugby Sevens Academy side in the WP club Rugby Sevens tournament in Goodwood, Cape Town.

The duo missed the Springbok Sevens’ warm-up tournament in Namibia last weekend, due to other commitments. Senatla attended the World Rugby Awards where he was named World Rugby's Sevens Player of the Year , while Smith was part of the British Barbarians squad.

Their inclusion in the Academy side will provide the ideal opportunity to get back into sevens mode and to play themselves into contention for the Blitzboks squad that will be named next week for the opening tournaments of the 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town.

SA Rugby Sevens Academy Manager, Marius Schoeman, will also use this tournament as an opportunity to fine-tune his squad that will travel to Dubai at the end of the month to compete in the Dubai International Invitational tournament, where South Africa is the defending champions.

Schoeman also has the services of Stephan Dippenaar and Sandile Ngcobo available, with the latter returning to action following injury. This tournament will also see the return to the national sevens set-up of Hoffman Maritz, who was a regular team member in the 2010 season, and Josh Moon, who was part of the Academy last year.

"We are keen to see how a number of youngsters will do in this tournament and then in Dubai in a couple of weeks," said Schoeman.

"They have shown good potential in training, but the real proof is always in a match situation. I am also happy to have the likes of  Senatla, Smith, Dippenaar and Ngcobo in the mix as they have valuable experience and will help develop the skills and decision-making of the younger guys. These youngsters can become regulars in the next couple of seasons,"

Schoeman included former Western Province Under-21 player Ryan Oosthuizen and Junior Boks Zain Davids, Malcolm Jaer and Stedman Gans.

Down Touch Griffons Currie Cup star Selvyn Davids, Leopards back Diederick Oberholzer and WP Sevens flyer Joel Booysen have been drafted in following impressive performances at the recently held Interprovincial Sevens tournament in Nelspruit and Wayne van der Bank was part of the Golden Lions Under-19 team that won the national championship.

The SA Rugby Sevens Academy squad: Ryan Oosthuizen, Albertus 'Kwagga' Smith, Zain Davids, Hoffmann Maritz, Josh Moon, Stephan Dippenaar, Selvyn Davids, Malcolm Jaer, Diederick Oberholzer, Sandile Ngcobo, Seabelo Senatla, Stedman Gans, Joel Booysen, Wayne van der Bank.

The SA Rugby Sevens Academy fixtures:

Saturday,  November 19:

13.00:  SA Rugby Sevens Academy v Dream B
14.20: SA Rugby Sevens Academy v WP B
From 15.20: Play-offs

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