Yebo Yes! Fabba is back with the BlitzBokke.
Fabian Juries, South Africa’s most experienced Sevens player, has rejoined the Springbok Sevens Team and will be available for selection for their two remaining IRB Sevens World Series tournament in England and Scotland.
Juries made the last of his 42 tournament appearances at Murrayfield in 2008, where after he joined former Sevens team mates Kabamba Floor and Danwell Demas at the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs. He joined the Newlands-based Vodacom Western Province at the beginning of the 2010 season.
The BlitzBokke not only regains their most experienced player, but also a play-maker of note. Juries has been playing Super 14 rugby with the Cheetahs in 2009 and is currently contracted with Western Province. Who can forget, what was for BlitzBokke.com THE try of the 2009 season when the Cheetahs played the Bulls. Juries managed to elude NINE Bulls players on his way to this stunning try. In fact, it was so shocking that the Cheetah players weren’t sure how (or whether) to celebrate!
In a previous post we wrote about one of the darlings of the Hong Kong Sevens. Fabian Juries is another. The Hong Kong Stadium crowd absolutely loves a fleet-footed player who can conjure up a try from absolutely nothing. Both Serevi and Juries are those guys and deserve their status as 2 of the “Darlings of Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong’s darling… Fabian Juries signing some autographs (Pic: Mike Jansen)
Proud fan! You better recognise… that’s Fabba’s autograph! (Pic: Mike Jansen)
Sevens Coach Paul Treu has reached an agreement with Juries’ current employers, Western Province, that Juries will also be available to accompany the Springboks Sevens to the Commonwealth Games to be held in October in Delhi, India.
Juries joined the squad in Stellenbosch where they are busy with preparations for the last two Series tournaments later this month at Twickenham and Murrayfield. He also played in a warm-up match earlier today between the Springbok Sevens training squad and the SA Sevens Emerging team at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Paul Treu was understandably pleased to welcome the mercurial Julies back to the Sevens fold and said:
“He’s adding a lot of experience and I’m pleased that he’s able to help out because there is still some doubt over the match fitness of Renfred Dazel and Paul Delport. Fabba will obviously return to Western Province if they need him, but I’m hoping that he would be able to stay with us.”
The IRB Sevens World series comes to a close later this month with the Twickenham tournament on 22-23 May and Murrayfield a week later.
The Springbok Sevens depart on Saturday 17 May to England.