A powerful Emerging SA Sevens squad has assembled in Stellenbosch for a three day-long training camp in preparations for the annual Safaricom Kenya Sevens in Nairobi on 4 – 6 November 2011.
The 19-man strong squad boasts several players with Absa Currie Cup experience as well as players who have starred in the very competitive FNB Varsity Cup, such as Regent Boland Cavaliers stalwarts Elgars Watts (fly half, pictured below) Cornell Hendricks (centre) and Willie le Roux (fullback) plus Platinum Leopards wing Vainon Willis.
Elgar Watts in action for Boland (Pic: Gallo Images)
Arthur Janson will coach the team again and he will put his charges through a tough training programme over next three days.
“The tournament is the biggest chance for the local emerging talent to showcase their Sevens skills and this event has delivered a number of players who went on to gain full Springbok Sevens colours, so we take this outing very serious.
“Kenya and Zimbabwe will field their full strength squads (that will be in action in the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens in December), while Samoa and Fiji also used the tournament in the past to fine-tune their HSBC Sevens World Series preparations,” explained Janson.
Chase Minnaar, Frankie Horne, Cecil Afrika and Bernado Botha are some of the current Springbok Sevens players who have all previously represented the Emerging SA Sevens in Kenya. Some of the former Sevens players who also first donned the Emerging SA Sevens jersey first include Norman Norman Nelson, Mzwandile Stick, Jacques Engelbrecht and Mpho Mbiyozo.
The full Emerging SA Sevens squad currently in camp at Stellenbosch is:
Samora Lwazi Fihlani (Border), Cornell Hendricks, Willie le Roux, Elgar Watts, Chris Buckle, Thor Halvorsen, Milroy Isaacs (Boland), Mlindazwe Nqoro (Eastern Province), Jumba Ulenga (Free State Cheetahs), Aubrey McDonald, Earl Lewis (Golden Lions), Brian Shabangu (KwaZulu-Natal), Vainon Willis (Leopards), Deon Scholtz, Siviwe Magaba, Jonathan Adendorf (Mpumalanga), Sam Mbombo (Western Province). Team management: Arthur Janson (coach), Brent Martin (physiotherapist), Norman Mbiko (team manager).
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