Brown to command Springbok Sevens in Moscow

(IRB) Thursday 20 June 2013  
 Brown to command Springbok Sevens in Moscow
Seabelo Senatla has been in stunning form for the Baby Boks in France, scoring six tries so far

A fit-again Kyle Brown will lead a pacy looking Springbok Sevens team into battle at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium next weekend at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on 28-30 June.

Brown is one of three survivors from the team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 tournament in Dubai won by Wales. The others are Ryno Benjamin and Philip Snyman.

On Thursday 20 June coach Paul Treu trimmed his 21-man training squad to a final 12 and stayed loyal with a majority of the players who helped South Africa to a second-placed finish and three tournament wins in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Sevens-contracted regulars Cecil Afrika, Branco du Preez, Philip Snyman, Stephan Dippenaar, Chris Dry, Seabelo Senatla, Cornal Hendricks and Brown all played in the recently completed series.

From 15-a-side rugby, Treu drafted in Sampie Mastriet (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Ryno Benjamin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province) and Sibusiso Sithole (The Sharks) from the Vodacom Super Rugby franchises but all 12 players have played Sevens for Treu before.

Senatla and Kolbe will join the squad in Moscow after wrapping up their Junior Springbok campaign at the IRB Junior World Championship in France where they line up against New Zealand for third place. Both have been in stunning form at the world's premier junior tournament.

“We had some tough selection issues, but I am confident we have the right balance in the squad to really compete in Moscow,” Treu said.

Brown recovered from a long-standing injury and came through a warm-up tournament in Rome without any problems last weekend. He is now determined for his side to improve on their last two World Cup showings in 2005 and 2009 when they reached the Cup quarter-finals.

“We have some exceptional talent, but synergy and finding our rhythm will be key to succeed," said the skipper. "All of us have tasted success on the circuit, but want to create a new legacy when it comes to the Melrose Cup.”

Springbok Sevens Rugby World Cup squad:  Cecil Afrika, Ryno Benjamin, Kyle Brown (captain), Stephan Dippenaar, Chris Dry, Branco du Preez, Cornal Hendricks, Cheslin Kolbe, Sampie Mastriet, Seabelo Senatla, Philip Snyman, Sibusiso Sithole


Scotland name strong squad

Scotland Sevens head coach Stephen Gemmell has joined his Pool B counterpart Paul Treu in naming his players for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow at the end of the month, and has gone one further in already narrowing down to his final squad of 12.

Jim Thompson, who currently plays full-back for London Scottish and was involved in last weekend’s FIRA-AER tournament in Lyon, makes the squad while the remaining 11 are full-time Scotland Sevens players.

Colin Gregor captains the team at his third World Cup, with Scotland’s top try scorer Andrew Turnbull will also make his third outing. Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw and Thompson will be playing their second.

“We’ve selected an experienced squad with the majority of the players contracted to the Sevens programme. We have also brought in Jim who will give us an extra option at ten,"said Gemmell.

“We have gone for six forwards and six backs, with Chris Dean, able to operate in both positions."

“As always it is a huge honour to represent my country and an even greater honour to be captain at a Rugby World Cup 7s," said Gregor.

“We go into this competition having secured our core status in the HSBC Sevens World Series, so now it’s time to go out a give a reflection of ourselves in a World Cup."

Scotland will start in Pool B against Japan with further group matches against hosts Russia and South Africa.

Scotland squad: Scott Riddell (Scotland 7s), Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s), Struan Dewar (Scotland 7s), Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP), Colin Gregor (captain) (Scotland 7s), Chris Dean (Scotland 7s EDP), Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s), Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s), Jim Thompson (London Scottish), Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s) and James Johnstone (Scotland 7s)

News of the other Pool B teams - hosts Russia and Japan - will follow.