The Springbok Sevens training squad will be hoping for an injury free run at the Roma Seven 2013 tournament, to be played at the URC stadium in Rome on Friday and Saturday.
The 12 man squad selected for this warm-up tournament by national sevens coach Paul Treu are all either returning from injury or looking for valuable sevens rugby match fitness, so it will be more about the process than the results, the coach said.
“We will be looking for those who have not played in recent months due to injury, to show that they have the needed fitness levels to go to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in two week’s time,” Treu said.
These include squad captain Kyle Brown and contracted regulars Mark Richards and Ruwellyn Isbell.
“I am also hoping for those players who have not played sevens in a while, to show they still have the aptitude and attitude to play. A lot has changed in the way and approach to sevens rugby in last couple of years, so it will be a huge challenge to the likes of Ryan Kankowski, Ryno Benjamin and Stefan Basson to adapt quickly,” Treu said.
“The team outcomes will be important, but they must all realise that it is also a trial match situation where I need convincing on whom to take to Moscow. I am happy with the progress we have made since the camp started last Monday, now we have the chance to take it up another notch.”
South Africa plays in group A with Fiamme Oro, Geneva Barbarians, and Clandestinos.
“We don’t know much about the team we play, but there are some other national teams here as well. Not that it matters, as we will only be focussed on our job at hand and to get the work done we came here for,” Treu said.
Group B consists of the Green Network Samurai; di Grande Milano, Italy Selection 7 and Heliantide 7, while France, Poland, Roma Seven and the National Selection VVF make up group C. Group D consists of 7 Sirs; URC; Froggies and the Colosseum 7.
•The South African fixtures (SA time) is:
11h10: vs Fiamme Oro 7
14h30: vs Geneva Barbarians
17h20: vs Clandestinos
•Media are advised that matches will be broadcasted on live streaming. Click http://www.raisport.rai.it/dl/raisport/multimedia/2011/diretta.html?cid=ContentItem-8d38dc5a-f1c0-4be5-a339-8893b0c303b3 to watch.