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sasuke uchiha

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Blitzbokke change three for wellington & las vegas,,,
January 27, 2013, 00:14:29

Blitzbokke change three for Wellington and Las Vegas

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The Wellington Sevens tournament takes place on 1-2 February in the New Zealand capital and will be followed by the Las Vegas event a week later.

Regular captain, Kyle Brown (ankle), playmaker Cecil Afrika (knee), Branco du Preez (hamstring), Steven Hunt (ankle) and Ruwellyn Isbell (soft tissue neck injury) are all unavailable because of injury.

Those vacancies have now opened the door to, amongst others, the two 19-year old debutants in Justin Geduld and Seabelo Senatla. The promising pair, also currently part of the SA Under-20 training squad, both recently signed two-year contracts with SARU to play for the Springbok Sevens.

Pieter Engelbrecht was furthermore preferred over Bernado Botha, who was part of the squad in Port Elizabeth at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens.

Treu said his youthful looking squad is looking forward to the Wellington Sevens challenge.

“The New Zealand tournament is most probably the toughest test of the entire World Series,” explained Treu.

“The host country, along with Fiji and Samoa, always get massive support from the crowd, which makes it extremely difficult for the other teams.

“We will have three 19-year olds – Geduld, Senatla and Cheslin Kolbe – in our travelling squad, so from that perspective it is very exciting and I am delighted for the youngsters. However, they could not have asked for a more daunting challenge, and it will be up to them to prove themselves against strong opposition.”

The Blitzbokke are the top seeds in Pool C and will compete against Wales, Samoa and Canada for one of two qualifying spots on offer for the Cup quarterfinals. They leave for New Zealand on Friday.

The Springbok Sevens squad to Wellington and Las Vegas:

1. Chris Dry
2. Philip Snyman
3. Frankie Horne (captain)
4. Warren Whiteley
5. Cornal Hendricks
6. Pieter Engelbrecht
7. Justin Geduld
8. Stephan Dippenaar
9. Paul Delport
10. Cheslin Kolbe
11. Tshotsho Mbovane
12. Seabelo Senatla

Team management: Paul Treu (coach), Vuyo Zangqa (assistant-coach), Ashley Evert (team manager), Hugh Everson (physiotherapist), Allan Temple-Jones (biokineticist).

 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Blitzbokke change three for wellington & las vegas,,,
January 27, 2013, 00:18:10

the blitzboks arent short of talent and speed or even playmakers, but their hopes and balances do rise and fall with cecil afrika.
cecil afrika is the blitzboks as serevi was to fiji, or eric rush was to the NZ 7s team, an extremly important and irreplaceable member of the team.

 

blitzboks wont go down without a fight and can still upset the likes of fiji and NZ, but the later two will be clear favourites in any of their encounters.


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