Stars settle in Sevens squad

2014-11-12 00:00

Cape Town — The crop of new additions who joined the Springbok Sevens training squad in Stellenbosch have slotted in well as the group notched up a gear in their preparation for the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai and Port Elizabeth.

The training squad was bolstered recently with the call-up of Springbok JJ Engelbrecht and several provincial players who returned from Absa Currie Cup duty.

The addition of Engelbrecht, Jesse Kriel, Warrick Gelant, Sampie Mastriet (all Blue Bulls), Cheslin Kolbe, Justin Geduld (Western Province), Rosko Specman (Pumas), Mark Richards and Kwagga Smith (both Golden Lions) have increased the training group to 26 players.

Yesterday coach Neil Powell praised the attitude of the new and returning players respectively.

He said they have all slotted in with ease. “We had two good weeks of training so far and the players who have joined us have all come in with a great attitude.”

The coach said the entire group was aware that they would have to fight for places in the 12-man group that will be selected for the Dubai and Port Elizabeth tournaments.

Several Blitzboks regulars sat out of Tuesday’s two hard training sessions.

Frankie Horne and Branco du Preez are battling with niggles, while Phillip Snyman (calf) and Stephan Dippenaar (hamstring) have been ruled out of action and won’t be considered for selection for Dubai and PE.

The coach indicated that he will trim his senior squad to a more manageable size on November 24, three days before he announces the travelling party of 12 players.

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