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5 Nov 2014
12:33 pm

Women’s Sevens on track for World Series opener

Preparations are on track for the IRB Women's Sevens World Series opener in Dubai on December 4 and 5, Springbok Women's Sevens coach Renfred Dazel said.

FILE PICTURE: Renfred Dazel the Springbok Women's Sevens coach during the Elite Womens Springboks Sevens. Picture: Gallo Images.

“I am pleased with the hard work the ladies have put in over the last few weeks,” he said on Wednesday.

“The conditioning drills have been tough, but it is fantastic to see the commitment and determination in the team. One can see the difference in the fitness levels among the players already.

“Next week our focus will shift to working on our structures and skills, which will present a new challenge for the players, so we are on track in terms of where we would like to be.”

The Springbok Women Sevens made history in September by qualifying for the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series for the first time.

This feat also earned them a chance to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as the top four teams on the log at the end of the season would automatically qualify for the international spectacle.

The team had gathered at their base in Stellenbosch in mid-October and for the last three weeks their focus had been on improving their conditioning — a factor Dazel said was essential to make their presence felt against the best sides in the world.

They also played practice games against the Western Province women’s sevens team to improve their match fitness.

Dazel hoped to arrange another round of matches before their departure for Dubai.

The Springbok Women Sevens were drawn in a challenging pool with 2013/2014 season runners up Australia, Spain and France in the Dubai tournament.

Dazel would select his 12-member squad a few days before travelling to Dubai on November 29.