SARU has confirmed a 14-man Emerging Sevens squad to participate in the Nashua Middelburg Sevens, which will be staged on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September.
This two-day tournament is the traditional season warm-up for the Springbok Sevens training group. The squad for the weekend’s event sees a number of exciting youngsters who will receive the opportunity to play alongside a few seasoned South African internationals.
The squad includes three newcomers who have been training with the wider Springbok Sevens training group at their base in Stellenbosch. The trio are Vodacom Blue Bulls scrumhalf André Warner, MTN Golden Lions looseforward Janneman Stander as well as Maties and SA Sevens Students flyhalf Stefan de Villiers.
Furthermore, there is also a return to the Emerging Sevens squad for livewire Golden Lions flanker Kwagga Smith, who represented the Junior Springboks at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France.
Wales and Zimbabwe are regulars at the event and they should again provide the Emerging Sevens team with quality opposition. Botswana is another international side that will be in action alongside several provincial Sevens selections.
The Emerging Sevens team will arrive in Middelburg on Wednesday. The team will be coached by Vuyo Zangqa and Neil Powell.
The 14-man Emerging Sevens squad for the Nashua Middelburg tournament (SARU contracted unless stipulated):
1. Chris Dry
2. Phillip Snyman
3. Tshotsho Mbovane
4. Jamba Ulengo
5. André Warner (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
6. Kyle Brown
7. Janneman Stander (MTN Golden Lions)
8. Stephan Dippenaar
9. WJ Strydom (DHL Western Province)
10. Stefan de Villiers (Maties)
11. Ruwellyn Isbell
12. Steven Hunt
13. Werner Kok
14. Kwagga Smith (MTN Golden Lions)
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