Bulls pick young Sevens squad
The Blue Bulls have put their faith in their recruiting and high performance abilities when they selected their squad for this weekend's inaugural NBM Sevens tournament in George.
The Pretoria-based outift are amongst the 12 teams that will participate in this inaugural event, to be held on 14 and 15 December at Outeniqua Park, with a tournament winning prize of R1 million.
The Blue Bulls side that will travel down to the Garden Route this week includes a host of junior stars and new recruits.
Numerous world stars in the game, like Fabian Juries, Ben Gollings, Zar Lawrence and Stefan Basson will be amongst the well-established sevens stars to take the field, but the expected bumper crowd could easily be thrilled by the young Blue Bulls outfit.
According to the Blue Bulls Company’s High Performance Manager, Xander Janse van Rensburg, there was a deliberate decision to use the younger stars who form part of their wider Super Rugby training group.
"Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, had a one-on-one (conversation) with all these players and made it very clear that this is an early opportunity for them to show what they are made of," said Van Rensburg.
"We looked at the tournament and decided it will fit perfectly with our High Performance plan, as it will expose these new recruits to top class competition very early on.
"We will be watching their progress very keenly."
"It is fair to say that they represent the next generation of Blue Bulls players and we are therefor quite excited to see how they shape up.
"Who knows where a good performance in George could lead them in their Blue Bulls careers."
The Blue Bulls squad include Travis Ismaiel and Shaun Adendorff who both played for the SA U20 side that won the IRB Junior World Championship earlier this year, with the latter also being named as one of the top three players of the tournament.
Clayton Blommetjies has already represented the Springboks Sevens team in 2012 and will be keen to show national coach Paul Treu that he still has something to offer.
Powerful midfielder Rohan Janse van Rensburg was immense for the Blue Bulls in the Craven Week and also proved a star for the SA U18 team in their Test match series against France, Wales and England, while Daniel and Jesse Kriel have been included in the provisional U20 Junior Springboks training group.
Others like Jacques Rossouw was a stand-out for the Blue Bulls U19 team in 2012 and the team’s top scorer while Cape Town recruit Andrè Warner was a regular with the Tygerberg High team that won the provincial @lantic Sevens Series for schools last year.
The team will be coached by former national sevens representative Fielies Coetzee.
The Blue Bulls squad: Clayton Blommetjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Daniel Kriel, Jesse Kriel, Andre Warner, Jacques Rossouw, Jason Kriel, Christiaan de Bruin, Corne Cooper, Roelof Smit, Jaco Hayward, Travis Ismaiel, Shaun Adendorf.