Hugh Craig Everson is the physiotherapist with the Springbok Sevens Rugby Team.
Though his is one the faces almost always seen on the telly whenever the BlitzBokke play, Hugh Everson is one of those who mainly work behind the scenes.
On his feature “Sevens Questions” on PaulTreuSevens.com Guy McDonald jokes that team biokineticist Allan Temple-Jones “always tries to steal the coach’s TV time” However, Hugh get lots of TV-time because he is the member of the support staff designated to run on the pitch whenever the Boys have a break and need rehydration or when there’s a injury that needs to be attended to.
As team physiotherapist, in his own words, he is responsible for the overall well-being of the Springbok Sevens Team. This includes taking care of their medical conditioning, injuries as well as referring them to relevant medical specialists.
SAAHK Sevens Dinner 2008, Hong Kong (Pic: Mike Jansen)
On a personal note, the Missus and I had the honour of sharing a table with Hugh during the SA Association in Hong Kong’s (SAAHK) Sevens Dinner last year. I was pleased to hear that he hails from Kimberley, because he was able to tell me about the teachers training college in his hometown where my Mom qualified many years ago. He is a very approachable bloke and and “It was really enjoyable talking with him” says the Missus. Unfortunately, during the dinner, we had to shut up at times to listen to Bob Skinstad speak! I am proud to say that Hugh also qualified at my alma-mater, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the Cape Town suburb of Bellville-South.
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His profile on the SARU website is as follows:
Full Name: Hugh Craig
Birth Date: 7 April 1975
Birth City: Kimberley
Marital Status: Married with 1 son (His wife is also employed at SARU)
Favourite Film: John Q
Favourite Music: John Legend
Favourite Food: Seafood
Education (Primary): Progress Primary School
Education (Secondary): Floors High
Education (Tertiary): Uni. Western Cape & Uni. of the Orange Free State
Involvement in Rugby:
Griqualand West U/21 (Bankfin Under 21) – 2002
Griqualand West SA ‘A’ (SA Cup) – 2002
Griqualand West U/19 (U19 Competition) – 2002
South Africa U/19 (IRB FIRA-AER U19 World Championship) – 2003
South Africa (IRB U19 World Championships) – 2004
South Africa (IRB U19 World Championships) – 2005
South Africa (IRB Under 19 World Championship) – 2006
Wildeklawer Griquas (ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division) – 2006
Wildeklawer Griquas (Vodacom Cup) – 2007
South Africa (IRB Sevens Series Dubai) – 2007
South Africa (IRB Sevens Series George) – 2007
South Africa (IRB Sevens Series Dubai) – 2008
South Africa (IRB Sevens Series George) – 2008
South Africa (IRB Men’s Rugby World Cup Sevens) – 2009
South Africa (World Games, Kaohsiung, Taiwan) 2009 (added by BlitzBokke.com)
South Africa IRB Sevens World Series - 2009 to date
Please join us in wishing Hugh all the best on his 21st errrr…. 35th birthday! May you continue to serve rugby in South Africa and the blitzBokke in particular!
Hêppie Birthday, Hugh.
Listen to Hugh Everson talking to Guy McDonald on PaulTreuSevens.com here
Here are some of the pictures from BlitzBokke.com featuring Hugh Everson: