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Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens 13-14 December 2014
2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series
HSBC Sevens World Series Schedule Springbok Sevens Brief history
Tournament information NMB7s Springbok Sevens Player Profiles
Springbok Sevens Management Profiles
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HSBC Sevens World Series Schedule 2014/15
Australia: Gold Coast Sevens 11/12 October 2014 (Winners: Fiji) United Arab Emirates: Dubai Sevens 5/6 December 2014 (Defending Champions: Fiji) South Africa: Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens 13/14 December 2014 (Defending Champions: South Africa) New Zealand: Wellington Sevens 6/7 February 2015 (Defending Champions: New Zealand) USA: Las Vegas Sevens 13/15 February 2015 (Defending Champions: South Africa) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Sevens 27/29 March 2015 (Defending Champions: New Zealand) Japan: Tokyo Sevens 4/5 April 2015(Defending Champions: Fiji) Scotland: Glasgow Sevens 9/10 May 2015 (Defending Champions: New Zealand) England: London Sevens 16/17 May 2015 (Defending Champions: New Zealand)
Justin Geduld scored 190 points in the 2013/14 season
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Coach Neil Powell is in charge of the Springbok Sevens in his second season
Springbok Sevens HSBC Sevens World Series history 1999/2000: Fifth 80 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2000/2001: Fifth 82 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2001/2002: Second 136 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2002/2003: Fourth 82 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2003/2004: Fifth 74 points (overall winner: New Zealand) (see Note) 2004/2005: Fourth 76 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2005/2006: Third 110 points (overall winner: Fiji) 2006/2007: Fourth 94 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2007/2008: Second 106 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2008/2009: First 132 points (second: New Zealand) 2009/2010: Sixth 80 points (overall winner: Samoa) 2010/2011: Second 140 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2011/2012: Fifth - 125 points (overall winner: New Zealand) 2012/2013: Second - 132 points (overall winner: New Zealand)
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2013/2014: Second - 152 points (overall winner: New Zealand)
Tournament victories (19) Wellington, 2002 Cardiff, 2003 Dubai, 2003* Singapore, 2004 London, 2005 Paris, 2006 Dubai, 2006 Adelaide, 2008 Dubai, 2008 George, 2008 Adelaide, 2009 Las Vegas, 2011 London, 2011 Edinburgh, 2011 Las Vegas 2013 Japan 2013 Glasgow 2013 Port Elizabeth 2013 Las Vegas 2014
The team has won the Las Vegas title in 2011, 2013 and 2014
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*Note: In the 2003/04-season, the Springbok Sevens team won the tournament in Dubai, but the log points earned in Dubai and George (losing semi-finalists) were later subtracted because of a player-eligibility issue.
Tournament information Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Gold Coast 7s 13-14 December 2014 Venue: Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium City: Port Elizabeth Capacity: 48,459
Host union SARU Event website: www.sarugby.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NMBSA7 Twitter: @SouthAfrica7s
General enquiries Steven Roos Tel: +27 21 9287000 Email: [email protected]
Tickets: Computicket Media enquiries Rayaan Adriaanse Email: [email protected]
Pools (to be announced after Dubai 7s).
Past winners (South Africa)
2013: South Africa
2012: New Zealand
2011: New Zealand
2010: New Zealand
2009: New Zealand
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2008: South Africa
2007: New Zealand
2006: New Zealand
2004: New Zealand
2001: New Zealand
2000: New Zealand
Referees for tournament:
The International Rugby Board has announced the panel of referees for the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicked off in the Gold Coast on October 11. With the Series doubling as Olympic Games qualification, there will be unprecedented interest in the race to Rio 2016 with the top four teams qualifying. A core group of four referees will officiate at all nine tournaments (Federico Anselmi, Richard Kelly, Anthony Moyse and former Scotland Sevens Star Mike Adamson), while the entire panel has nearly 1000 matches of Sevens officiating experience between them. The nine rounds that comprise the 2014/15 Series also provide the chance for the referees to book their place at Rio 2016 through clear and consistent officiating and the highest standards of physical preparation. IRB High Performance Sevens Referee Manager Paddy OBrien said: We are about to enter a very exciting season for Rugby Sevens with qualification beginning for mens and womens teams. Like the teams, we are building as a group towards our pinnacle event at Rio 2016 and our mission is to ensure that we arrive there with our referees in the best shape they have ever been. We have selected a very experienced panel that the teams are well accustomed to and we continue to strive for clear and consistent decision making.
Referees for Port Elizabeth are: Marius Van Der Westhuizen (SARU) Ben Crouse (SARU) Rasta Rasivhenge (ARU) Matt O'Brien (ARU) Anthony Moyes (ARU) Federico Anselmi (UAR)
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Mike Adamson (SRU) Richard Kelly (NZRU) Nick Briant (NZRU) The Springbok Sevens team that played at the Gold Coast is (World Series caps in brackets): 1. Chris Dry (38) 2. Philip Snyman (25) 3. Frankie Horne (60, captain) 4. Kwagga Smith (7) 5. Werner Kok (10) 6. Ruhan Nel (1) 7. Justin Geduld (14) 8. Branco du Preez (33) 9. Stephan Dippenaar (22) 10. Cecil Afrika (31) 11. Steven Hunt (23) 12. Seabelo Senatla (11)
Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winners Glasgow 2014
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Selected Player Profiles Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens 2014
Chris Dry (Forwards)
Physical: 1.91m & 98kg, DOB: 13/02/1988, Cape Town
Education: Grey Primary, Grey College (Bloemfontein), Central University of Technology (CUT), Bloemfontein.
Fast facts: Chris plays as a looseforward in the 15-a-side code. His favourite food is lamb ribs. He is a self-proclaimed garage junkie who loves fixing things.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Free State (Schools Academy, Under-19, Under-21, Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup); University of the Free State (FNB Varsity Cup)
Tournaments: 38 - debut Adelaide 2010; 315 points (63 tries)
Dry will be one of the core players in this series. A very mobile and strong player, Dry brings physicality, line-out skills and grunt to the team. His experience and leadership will be an added bonus. He reached 50 career tries at the Gold Coast last year.
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Philip Snyman (Forwards)
Physical: 1.88m & 98kg, DOB: 26/04/1987, Bloemfontein
Education: Grey College Primary, Grey College Bloemfontein, University of Free State
Fast facts: Nothing gets Snyman going better than the music of U2 and a healthy portion of steak.
Other Squads: Free State (Coca-Cola Craven Week Schools, Under-19, Under-21, Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup); Griffons Absa Currie Cup; Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby.
Tournaments: 25; Debut - Dubai 2010: 135 points (21 tries, 15 conversions)
Snymans decision to forfeit a career in fifteens and playing Vodacom Super Rugby has reaped benefits for this fast and strong winger. He is a versatile player, equally adapt in the forwards or backs and can kick at the poles as well when needed. Just returning from injury, Snyman will be fresh and eager to perform for his team and country
Frankie Horne (Forwards, captain)
Physical: 1.83m & 105kg, DOB: 24/02/1983, Port Elizabeth
Education: Hugenote Primary & Hugenote HS (Wellington)
Fast facts: Horne has not missed a tournament since his debut in Dubai in 2007 and is South Africas most experienced Sevens player of all time. His favourite food is meat and he loves to listen to the music of Rise Against.
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Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Boland Cavaliers (Under-20, Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup)
Tournaments: 60, Debut - Dubai 2007/08, 275 points (55 tries)
As the most experience player in the squad, Horne takes charge in matches with a brutal defence. The ever-present veteran will be invaluable if the Springbok Sevens are to win the series. He will extend his HSBC Sevens World Series record of consecutive tournaments to 62 in PE if he stays fit.
Kwagga Smith (Forwards)
Physical: 1.82m & 82 kg, DOB: 11/06/1993, Lydenburg
Education: Lydenburg Primary, HTS Middelburg
Fast Facts: Played for the Junior Springboks in France at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship as a looseforward. A Steak and Chips meal makes him happy.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Pumas (Coca-Cola Craven Week), Xerox Golden Lions (Under-19, Under-21, Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup), Junior Springboks 2013, Springboks Sevens Elite Development squad.
Tournaments: 7; Debut - Port Elizabeth, 55 points (11 tries).
Smith has been part of the squad for the last two years and his elevation into the senior squad was a matter of time. A tireless player around the tackle area with good distribution skills, Smith has all the
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abilities to stay in the squad for a long time. Smith was also a key player for the Junior Springboks in the 2013 JWC in France and played with great success with the Xerox Golden Lions in the Absa Currie Cup.
Branco du Preez (Backs)
Physical: 1.66m & 75kg, DOB: 08/05/1990, George
Education: Van der Hoven Primary & PW Botha College (George), Harmony Sports Academy, Virginia, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Pretoria
Fast facts: Du Preez played scrumhalf and centre for the Junior Springboks in the IRB Junior World Championships in 2010.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Griffons (Coca-Cola Craven Week, Under-19); TUT (FNB Varsity Cup), Blue Bulls (Under-19, Under-21), South Africa (Under-20)
Tournaments: 33 - Debut Wellington (2009/10), 607 points (57 tries, 160 conversions).
Du Preez has become a real stalwart in the squad and has pretty much made the sweeper role his own. Dynamite comes in small packages and Du Preez certainly provides just that with his explosive pace and lightning breaks. His value as a reliable goal-kicker has helped the team immensely in 2013/14 and it was no surprise that Du Preez was top-scorer for his side with 200 points in the season.
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Justin Geduld (Backs)
Physical: 1.75m & 72kg, DOB: 01/10/1993, Cape Town
Education: Webner Primary, Tygerberg HS, Cape Town
Fast facts: Geduld is a quiet individual who loves listening to kwaito music. His favourite meal is a pasta dish.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; DHL Western Province Schools Craven Week, Under-19, Under-21 and Absa Currie Cup; SA Under-20 JWC 2013 squad.
Tournaments: 14; Debut - Wellington 2013; 262 points (35 tries, 41 conversions)
Geduld is one of the rising stars in the national game. Although of slender build, his deceptive pace and eye for a gap makes him a very difficult opponent. The young outside back also brings flair into the game. He also represented the Junior Springboks in the Junior World Championship in France in 2013 and was a stand-out for DHL Western Province in the domestic Absa Currie Cup competition.
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Werner Kok (Utility)
Physical: 1, 77m & 80kg, DOB: 17/01/1993, Nelspruit
Education: Nelspruit Primary, Nelspruit High School
Fast facts: Kok loves Hip Hop music, his favourite meal is pizza and fish and any re-run of Black Hawk Down will keep him glued to the screen.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Pumas Grant Khomo Under-16; Craven Week Under-18; DHL Western Province Under-19; SA Elite Player Development Sevens
Tournaments: 10, Debut London 2013 (100 points, 20 tries)
Kok is a product of the SA Elite Player Development Sevens squad and has delivered some impressive performances in their wins in Nairobi, Kenya and Dubai at the International Invitational. He is fast and strong and was a stand-out on the wing for the DHL Western Province team that won the Under-19 provincial Championship in 2012. He scored the winning try in the 2014 Las Vegas Cup final against New Zealand.
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Cecil Afrika (Backs)
Physical: 1.75m & 73kg, DOB: 03/03/1988, Port Elizabeth
Education: Missionvale Primary & Hentie Cilliers HS, Virginia
Fast facts: Afrika is a former IRB World Sevens Player of the Year, the first South African to be
bestowed this honour and was also named South African Sevens Player of the Year in his career. His
favourite food is pasta and he loves to listen to R&B.
Other Squads: Griffons Craven Week, Griffons Under-19, Under-21, Griffons Vodacom Cup, Griffons
Currie Cup; South Africa Under-19, Junior Boks Under-21.
Tournaments: 31 - debut - Dubai 2009/10, 887 points (104 tries, 182 conversions, 1 drop goal)
Now firmly established as one of the top sevens players of all time, Afrika returns to the circuit after
only ten appearances in the last three seasons after injuries prevented him from playing. His all-round
abilities in Sevens are breath-taking and his ability to score vital tries in big games unmatched.
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Steven Hunt (Backline)
Physical: 1, 78m & 85kg, DOB: 14/10/1988, Port Elizabeth
Education: Grey Junior, Grey High School, Port Elizabeth, University of Stellenbosch
Fast Facts: Hunt loves to listen to music while cooking his favourite dish - Basil Pesto Pasta.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Eastern Province Academy Schools, Under-19; DHL Western Province Under-21, Absa Currie Cup
Tournaments: 23; Debut George 2010 - 246 points (48 tries, 3 conversions)
Hunt is one of the veterans in the team, but also one of the more influential ones. He has suffered some injuries that halted his progress on the circuit, but has shown good determination to fight back and regain his place in the squad. A versatile player that can play anywhere in the backline, the former winger in fifteens has not lost his appetite for scoring tries, but in recent years, has played the role of playmaker with great success.
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Seabelo Senatla (Backs)
Physical: 1.86m & 77kg, DOB: 10/03/1993, Welkom
Education: Koppie Alleen Primary, Riebeeckstad High, Central University of Technology, Free State
Fast facts: Senatla was a sprinter at high school where he was spotted by rugby scouts.
Other Squads: Team SA Commonwealth Games 2014; Griffons Craven Week Schools, CUT Varsity Cup, Junior Springboks 2013.
Tournaments: 11; Debut - Wellington 2013: 255 points (49 tries)
Senatla is one of the rising stars in South African rugby and already represented his country at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow and the Junior World Championships in France in 2013. A prolific try scorer with searing pace and great footwork, Senatla is set to be a major trump card for the Springbok Sevens team in the HSBC Sevens World Series. He was impressive in his first season of Absa Currie Cup rugby, the local domestic provincial showpiece in fifteens, resulting in a Springbok call-up for their November tour to Ireland, England, Italy and Wales.
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Ruhan Nel (Utility)
Physical: 1.92 & 90kg, DOB: 17 May 1991, Johannesburg
Education: Rynfield Primary, Brandwag HS, University of Johannesburg
Fast Facts: In his Currie Cup debut in 2013, Nel scored a try for the Xerox Golden Lions within the first five minutes he came onto the field (against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs). He will become the 155th player to represent South Africa in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Other squads: Steval Pumas (Under-19), Xerox Golden Lions (Vodacom Cup, Absa Currie Cup), FNB WITS Varsity Cup
Tournaments: 1; debut Gold Coast (15 points, 3 tries)
Nel made steady progress as a professional player over the last couple of seasons and his national call-up speaks volumes of his commitment and endeavour. A strong, fast and physical player, Nel scored a hat-trick against American Samoa in his first start for the Blitzboks in Gold Coast. He has a good appetite for rugby and work hard off the ball.
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Frankie Horne is the only player in the history of the HSBC Sevens World Series to play 60 consecutive tournaments. He could extend that record to 62 in PE.
Branco du Preez broke the 600 points mark in Gold Coast (607*)
Cecil Afrika (887*) could pass Fabian Juries (925) as the biggest points scorer for the Blitzboks in the HSBC Sevens World Series
Ruhan Nel became the 155th player to represent South Africa in the HSBC Sevens World Series in Gold Coast.
Coach Neil Powell could become the first player who also wins the overall series title as a coach, having being a member of the 2008/2009 team that won the overall series.
Neil Powell (Head coach) Powell had a stellar career as a player, representing the Springbok Sevens team in 32 tournament on the HSBC Sevens World Series and captained the side for a number of seasons as well. He played in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition for the Cats and The Sharks and represented Toyota Free State, Vodacom Blue Bulls and GWK Griquas in the Absa Currie Cup competition. After he retired from the playing field, he took to coaching and took charge of the SARU Elite Player Development Sevens squad. Tournament wins with this team in Kenya's Safari Sevens, the International tournament at the Dubai Sevens and the IPL Sevens in George pointed to his affinity in his new role. He also coached the South African Under-18 side to the gold medal at the
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Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia in 2013. He has now won a bronze medal as a player and a gold medal as a coach in Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games. His next aim will be to become the first player who also wins the overall series title as a coach, having being a member of the 2008/2009 team that won the overall series.
Hugh Everson (Physiotherapist) Everson has worked as a physiotherapist for several top-class rugby teams, most notably the South African Under-19 team (2002-06) and Griqualand West in the Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup (2004-06). Everson was also the physiotherapist for the SA Schools side in 2003 and for the Griquas U19 and U21 teams (1999-2003).
Allan Temple-Jones (Biokineticist) Temple-Jones started out at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in 2005, but is now full-time with SARU. He did his honours in Sports Science, specialising in biokinetics, and, apart from the Springbok Sevens team, has worked with the SA Under-19 side. TJ has also been involved in other sporting codes and has worked with the South African mens hockey side, the Cape Cobras cricket team and professional football sides like Santos, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows.
Ashley Evert (Team Manager) Evert is a former South African Under-21 assistant-coach and won many provincial Under-19 and Under-21 titles with the Vodacom Blue Bulls. He joined the Springbok Sevens team as team manager two years ago and is hugely responsible for the seamless administration the squad enjoys.
Fast Springbok Sevens Facts:
There have been 155 Springboks Sevens players since the inception of the World Series in 1999 (excluding Sevens World Cups).
No less than 32 BlitzBoks have gone on to represent the Springboks, with Warren Whiteley, Cornal Hendricks and Seabelo Senatla the most recent.
Current Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is a former Springbok Sevens player and represented his country 11 times in the IRB World Series. Bryan Habana played in two tournaments.
Team records (All time)
1. Fabian Juries, 925 points (44 tournaments)
2. Cecil Afrika, 887 points (31 tournaments)
3. Mzwandile Stick, 855 points (37 tournaments)
4. Stefan Basson, 691 points (19 tournaments)
5. Branco du Preez, 607 (33 tournaments)
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Top Try scorers:
1. Fabian Juries 179 (44 tournaments)
2. Cecil Afrika 104 (31 tournaments)
3. Marius Schoeman 103 (42 tournaments)
4. Mzwandile Stick 86 (37 tournament)
Top Goal kickers:
1. Mzwandile Stick (210)
2. Stefan Basson (195)
3. Cecil Afrika (183)
4. Branco du Preez (160)
5. Brent Russell (118)
Most tournament appearances
1. Frankie Horne 60
2. Fabian Juries 44
3. Marius Schoeman 42
4. Kyle Brown 40
5. Chris Dry 38
5. Mzwandile Stick 37
Most points scored in one match
Andries Fourie 31 (v Malaysia in Tokyo 2000, SA won 84-0)
The list of dual Springboks are:
Gio Aplon, Gcobani Bobo**, Gerrie Britz, Warren Britz, Heinrich Brussow, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bolla Conradie, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Gaffie du Toit*, Grant Esterhuizen*, Kabamba Floors, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Adrian Jacobs, Conrad Jantjes, Ryan Kankowski, Ricardo Loubscher, Jorrie Muller, Akona Ndungane, Jongi Nokwe, Jacques Olivier*, Deon Oosthuyzen*, Andre
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Pretorius, Jaco Pretorius, Earl Rose, Brent Russell, Andries Strauss, Joe van Niekerk, Jano Vermaak, Warren Whiteley, Ashwin Willemse, Chester Williams*
Seabelo Senatla has been picked for the November tour, but must still make his debut.
Highlighted players are current Springboks *Played for the Springboks and then for Springbok Sevens **Played for Springbok Sevens, Springboks, again Springbok Sevens and then Springboks again.
PE and Springbok Sevens
Three national captains since 1999 - Andries Fourie, Mzwandile Stick, Mpho Mbiyozo
Fabian Juries still the leading points' scorer ever for Springbok Sevens
Current squad have Cecil Afrika and Steven Hunt schooled here and Frankie Horne born in PE.
Rudi Coetzee, Andries Fourie, Dale Heidtmann, Wylie Human, Ruwellyn Isbell, Wonga Joka, Fabian Juries, Ricardo Loubscher, Kevin Luiters, Baldwin McBean, Chase Minnaar, Akona Ndungane, Norman Nelson, Paul Treu, Wayne van Heerden, Mzwandile Stick, Mpho Mbiyozo all played for either a representative EP or Springbok Sevens team at one stage in their careers.
Team Contact details:
Sebastian Prim (High Performance Manager: Springbok Sevens)
Rayaan Adriaanse (SARU Media Manager)
Compiled by SARU Corporate Affairs