Here at BlitzBokke.com HQ we were relishing the prospects of seeing playmaker Renfred Dazel teaming up with the likes of Fabian Juries, Rayno Benjamin, Mzwandile Stick,Cecil Afrika and MJ Mentz (to name only the fliers in the BlitzBokke side) during the final two tournaments of the 2009/2010 IRB Sevens World Series.
Out… then In… then Out again. Renfred Dazel
Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu added some much needed firepower to his team yesterday when he included the experienced trio of Fabian Juries, Mzwandile Stick and Neil Powell in his squad for the season’s last two tournaments in London and Edinburgh.
The previously injured duo of Paul Delport and Renfred Dazel, although they both returned to training recently, were not included because team management decided that they still need to work on their match-fitness.
BlitzBokke.com hopes that they will indeed make their comeback during the Commonwealth Games in India later this year.
Welcome back Fabian and Neil
Juries, Stick and Powell replace JW Jonker and the SA U20-duo of Sampie Mastriet and Branco du Preez, with the latter two due to represent South Africa at the IRB World Junior Championships in June in Argentina. Stick and Powell have both recovered from injuries while the Vodacom Western Province agreed to release Juries.
The return of the three stalwarts give Paul Treu’s team a more familiar look though, after injuries and several call-ups to Super Rugby have made a number of last season’s Series-winning combination unavailable for selection. This instability in staff selection largely accounted for the BlitzBokke’s poor showing in the current IRB Sevens World Series.
Paul Treu will be traveling to London on tomorrow (Thursday) where he will attend an IRB Sevens Workshop over the weekend. The team will meet up with him in London next Tuesday.
The SA Sevens coach said his team will be aiming to end a disappointing season on a high note.
“I’m delighted to have some of the familiar faces back. I want the team to play better as a unit and to use the possession so much better. If we can achieve that then I’m sure we will progress much further than we have in previous tournaments,”said Treu.
The Springbok Sevens team to London and Edinburgh is:
Mpho Mbiyozo, Chase Minnaar, Frankie Horne, Cecil Afrika, Neil Powell, Kyle Brown, Fabian Juries, Ryno Benjamin, Chris Dry, Mzwandile Stick, Hoffman Maritz, MJ Mentz.
It is not clear if current skipper Kyle Brown will remain at the helm for the final two tournaments of the IRB season.