Friday, November 24, 2017
Springbok Sevens hotstepper Rosko Specman expressed his happiness to be back with his Sevens brothers ahead of the team’s departure for Dubai.
The men’s and women’s national teams, in addition to the SA Sevens Academy team were announced at a media event at their base in Stellenbosch on Friday.
Specman, who joined the Cheetahs for the 2017 Currie Cup and later, their Pro14 campaigns, feels that he still needs to adapt slightly being back in the Sevens set-up. “My (Sevens) fitness levels dropped slightly while with the Cheetahs, but as a Sevens player who moved to fifteens and back, I should be back to Sevens standard in no time. I’ve always said that it is easier for a Sevens player to move to fifteens, than the other way around,” he said.
Specman, who won the Olympic Bronze medal for Sevens with Team South Africa in Rio de Janeiro last year, also confirmed that he still has his sights set on playing for the Springboks fifteens side at some stage. “During last season, I used to wonder whether I still have what it takes to play fifteens. When I joined the Cheetahs, I was hoping that my performance in the orange jersey might turn the national coach’s attention on me with the end-of-year tour looming. Unfortunately it seems that I will have to put that dream on hold for now,” he said.
While that dream stays on ice until next year, Specman is all set to help his Sevens brothers defend their Dubai7s as well as their World Series title when the season kicks off in the desert city this Friday.
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Meanwhile, Specman’s performance on the 10-tournament world circuit last season was enough to secure the Grahamstown-born player a nomination as one of three for the title of World Sevens Player of the Year. Shortly after this interview, Specmagic, as his is affectionately known on social-media, departed for Monte Carlo to attend the World Rugby Awards, where he was up against newly appointed Fiji 7s skipper Jerry Tuwai and USA Eagles 7s speedster Perry Baker. Specman will join his teammates in Dubai on Monday following the Awards on Sunday evening (SA time).
Listen to Rosko Specman ahead of his departure for Monte Carlo (in Afrikaans):