The Carlton Sevens currently happening in Sri Lanka has the potential to become one of the best rugby tournaments in the world. Sports lovers in Sri Lanka are craving for a top class sport event and this tournament will fulfill their aspirations. These are the words from New Zealander and Tournament Director George Simpkin during a press briefing at Cinnamon Grand hotel on Tuesday.
With peace having dawned on the country top rugby playing nations are showing a lot of goodwill towards Sri Lanka. Representatives of the IRB will be present at the tournament and it could develop into one of the best tournaments in the world on par with Hong Kong Sevens and Dubai Sevens.
Eight teams from Asia and eight other top rugby playing nations are vying for honours in this tournament. Defending champions Digicel Fiji Barbarians will be the favorites for the title but will face a strong challenge from Samoa Barbarians and Kenya Shajun.
The tournament is being held at the Sugathadasa Stadium on November 27 and 28.
Pool A: Digicel Fiji Barbarians, Spain Korea, Malaysia.
Pool B: Kenya Shajuu, Australia Legends, Germany, Chinese Taipei.
Pool C: Samoa Barbarians, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan.
Pool D: New Zealand Legends, South Africa Vipers, China, Sri Lanka.
The Springbok Sevens team is currently in Dubai where they are preparing for the first tournament of the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series. Meanwhile, the SA Vipers is taking part in the Carlton Sevens under the managership of the BlitzBokke stalwart Marius Schoeman. The team is:
Neil Powell, Hoffman Maritz, Steven Hunt, Paul Delport, Chris Dry, Jacques Engelbrecht, Logan Basson, Howard Noble, Richard Prinsloo, Lionel Mapoe, AJ Coertzen.
Management: Marius Schoeman (team manager), Maree Bester (selector), Aneurin Robyn (physio).
Bernardo Botha in action for the SA Vipers in a previously Carlton 7s tournament