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SA's sevens squad for World Series

2000-11-09 10:35

Cape Town - The 16 squads to participate in the opening round of the IRB Sevens World Series in Durban on 18-19 November have been received by the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU).

Teams are divided into four pools with the tournament dividing into Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions in the second round.

Pool A comprises New Zealand, France, Portugal and Namibia. Squads are as follows:

New Zealand

Seeding: 1

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Winners

Squad: Sidney Going, Craig de Goldi, Matua Parkinson, Roger Randle, Craig Newby, Joeli Vidiri, Amasio Valence, Eric Rush, Dallas Seymour, Karl Te Nana, Anthony Monaghan, Ilesea Tanivula. Coach: Gordon Tietjens.

Manager: Tony Ward.

France

Seeding: 8

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 8

Squad: Mathieu Lievremont, Pierre Rabadan, Christophe Milheres, Luc Lafforgue, Michel Marfaing, Mickael Noel, Jean Marc Souverbie. Farid Sid, Jean Pierre Christophe, Patrick Arletaz, Franck Corrishons.

Coach: Thierry Janeczek.

Namibia

Seeding: 16

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Only participated in one event

Squad: Melrick Africa, Dirk Farmer, Kevin Fisch, Rudiger Gentz, Johannes Husselmann, Riaan Jantjies, Jaco Kotze, Frederick Snyders, Cliff Loubser, Sarel Janse van Rensburg, Herman Lindtvelt, Pillipus Isaacs.

Coaches: Christopher Alexander, Robert Alexander.

Portugal

Seeding: 9

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Did not participate

Squad: Hoffman Rohan, Antonio Cunha, Vasco Durao, Antonio Pinto, Jose Gomes, Pedro Murinello, Antonio Aguilar, Francisco Goes, Pedro Fernandes, Diogo Mateus, Paulo Goncalves, Pedro Silva.

Coach: Evan Crawford.

Pool B comprises defending event champions Fiji, Canada, Kenya and Wales.

Squads are as follows:

Fiji

Seeding: 2

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Runners-up

Squad: Alifereti Doviverata, Jona Nareki, Senirusi Rauqe, Daniele Baleinadogo, Sireli Bobo, Jonetani Vulaono, Jope Tuikabe, Kameli Seru, Setareki Naivaluwaga, Suliano Wanivanua, Temesia Kaumaia, Timoci Tuinamata.

Coaches: Rupeni Ravonu, Jone Buakula.

Canada

Seeding: 7

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 6

Squad: Fred Asselin, Dan Baugh, John Cannon, Marco Digiralamo, Jesse Frender, Jason Hartley, Andrew Hoffman, Mark Irvine, Colin Robertson, Shane Thompson, Rob Woolfenden, Gregor Dixon. Coaches: Douglas Tate, Ric Suggitt.

Kenya

Seeding: 15

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Only participated in one event

Squad: Benjamin Ayimba, Kennedy Aswani, Samwel Khakame, Stephen Gitonga, Alan Hicks, Shaka Kwach, Paul Murunga, Felix Ochieng, Paul Odera, William Odongo, Oscar Osula, Mitchell Otieno. Coaches: Stuart Urquhart, William Githinji.

Wales

Seeding: 10

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Did not particpate

Squad: Jason Jones-Hughes, Mark Jones, Owain Williams, Jason Forster, Jamie Ringer, Darran Edwards, Craig Warlow, Owain Ashman, Andrew Williams, Kevin Morgan, Matthew Robinson, David Weatherley.

Pool C includes Australia, Argentina, England and Zimbabwe.

Squads are as follows:

Australia

Seeding: 3

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 3

Squad:

Timothy Atkinson, Scott Barton, Matt Dowling, Richard Graham, Julian Huxley, Matt Isaac, Robert McDonald, Tom McVerry, Rick Nalatu, John Roe, Josh Staniforth, Brendan Williams.

Argentina

Seeding: 7

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 6

Squad:

Matias Albina, Patricio Fuselli, Duncan Forrester, Martin Gaitan, Gustavo Piergentili, Francisco Leonelli, Marcos Rojas, Lucas Borges, Fernando Del Castillo, Santiago Gomez Cora, Hernan Senillosa, Pedro Baraldi.

England

Seeding: 11

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 9

Squad: Andrew Beattie, Steve Booth, Darren Carr, Danny Collins, Jon Fabian, Michael Friday, Andy Gomersall, Will Harrison, Richard Haughton, Charles Hodgson, Nigel Simpson, Stuart Williams. Coach: Adrian Thompson. Manager:

John Elliott.

Zimbabwe

Seeding: 14

Position in 1999/2000 Series: Only particpated in one event

Squad: Charlton Mc Nab, John Ewing, Mordechai Mwerenga, Jeff Tigere, Paul McAdam, Gary Hewitt, Takura Madamombe, Hilary Muzondiwa, Victor Olonga, Karl Mudzamba, Tafadzwa Manyimo, Antony Papenfus.

Coach: Elimon Chimbima

Pool D includes hosts South Africa, Samoa, Georgia and Morocco.

The Squads are:

South Africa

Seeding: 4

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 5

Squad: Jacques Olivier, Dirkie Strydom, Mac Masina, Andries Fourie, Thobela Mdaka, Paul Treu, Johan Calitz, Herman Mostert, Helgard Brink, Warren Britz, Fabian Juries, Andre Pretorius.

Coach: Norman Mbiko

Samoa

Seeding: 5

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 4

Squad: Mark Ama, Tim Cowley, Ron Fanuatanu, Daniel Farani, Ailaoa Samania, Toa Samania, Elvis Seveali'i, Semo Sititi, Afato So'oalo, Ponali Tapelu, Lualua Vailoaloa, Tanner Vili.

Coach:

Filipo Saena.

Georgia

Seeding: 12

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 10

Squad: Vaska Abashidze, Irakly Abuseridze, Giorgi Bugianashvili, Otari Eloshvili, Paliko Sheladze, Besik Kamasuridze, Vasil Katsadze, Badry Khekhelashvili, Ilia Zedginidze, Irakli Machkaneli, Giorgi Trapaidze, Tedore Zibzibadze, Irakly Giorgadze, Archili Kavtarashvili.

Coaches:

Claude Saurel, Malkaz Cheichvili.

Morocco

Seeding: 13

Position in 1999/2000 Series: 15

Squad: Arif Hamid, Gasmi Kouider, Mesror Aziz, Achagrane Ali, Amina Hamid, Eziyar Jawad, Semlali Jawad, Derraz Younes, Chahid Gharib, Faik Yousri, Youssef Bouzzedi or Samir Battal, El Oula Karim or Chahid Aziz.

Coach:

Said Zniber. - Sapa