The South Africans will contest the 2015 SAFLand Sevens taking place on September 25 and 26 in Windhoek, Namibia, before travelling to Singapore a month later to participate in the 68th edition of the hugely popular Singapore Cricket Club Sevens event.
The squad assembled at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) to start their pre-season training programme following their end-of-season break. The 2015/16 HSBC Sevens World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off on December 4 in Dubai and Series champion will be crowned after the conclusion of Round 10 at Twickenham in May.
Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, emphasised the significance of the forthcoming season. “The new season will be the most important Sevens season yet. The prospects of an Olympic gold medal in Rio and success in the revamped World Series are two massive incentives for all the teams,” said Powell.
“We have been working very hard to finalise our preparation plans in order to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves,” added Powell. Furthermore, Saru also confirmed several Springbok Sevens squad members were released to play in the upcoming Currie Cup competition, which kicks off on August 7.
Seabelo Senatla (wing) will turn out for the defending champions, Western Province, while Kwagga Smith (flank) has returned to the Golden Lions. Ruhan Nel and Sandile Ngcobo (centres) will be in action for the ORC Griquas, who recently secured their spot in the Currie Cup Premier Division after winning the Qualifier competition.
Two of Ngcobo’s SA Sevens Academy team mates, Lungelo Gosa and Sibahle Maxwane, have joined the Under-21 teams of the Golden Lions and Western Province respectively.