New faces to join BlitzBokke

Posted on Jul 11 2010 - 10:51pm by Mike Jansen ([email protected])

Four Emerging SA Sevens players and a member of the SA Under-20 team are included in a Springbok Sevens training group of 18 players that will assemble from tomorrow morning in Stellenbosch.

According to coach Paul Treu, the get together in Stellenbosch will kick-start his pre-season training schedule for the next IRB Sevens World Series and also the Commonwealth Games that starts on October 3 in India.

Brian Shabangu (The Sharks), Jacques Engelbrecht (SWD), Bernardo Botha (Golden Lions) and Siyanda Grey (Eastern Province) were all members of the Emerging SA Sevens team that recently lost in extra-time to hosts Kenya in the final of the Safaricom Sevens (formerly known as the Tusker Safari Sevens) in Nairobi.

Brian Shabangu (Pic: SARU)

Bernardo Botha (Pic: SARU)

And the good performance of Lubabalo Mtembu (pictured below) for the SA U20 team at the recently held IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina has been rewarded by a call-up to the Sevens training group.

Other newcomers to the training group are Boom Prinsloo (Free State Cheetahs), Mark Esterhuizen (UCT) and Tom Seabela (Blue Bulls).

The group will spend most of the next couple of days undergoing medical and fitness tests and then commence with a conditioning programme to get them in shape for on-field training from the start of August.

The Springbok Sevens training group to assemble from Monday in Stellenbosch:

Chase Minnaar, Frankie Horne, Chris Dry, Kyle Brown, Neil Powell, Paul Delport, Cecil Africa, Ryno Benjamin, Hoffman Maritz, Renfred Dazel (all SARU contracted),

Lubabalo Mtembu, Brian Shabangu (The Sharks), Boom Prinsloo (FS Cheetahs), Jacques Engelbrecht (SWD), Bernardo Botha (Golden Lions), Mark Esterhuizen (Ikeys), Siyanda Grey (EP), Tom Seabela (Blue Bulls).