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San Diego 7′s


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ngwenya.jpgThe US Eagles have been given a massive boost ahead of the USA Sevens with the news that flying wing Takudzwa ‘Zee’ Ngwenya will join the squad for the San Diego tournament.

Ngwenya scored two tries in last year’s Rugby World Cup in France and is best remembered for rounding international Player of the Year Bryan Habana to score under posts against the Springboks, a try that was later rubber-stamped as international Try of the Year.

Since the World Cup, Ngwenya has won a professional contract with Biarritz, who play in France’s Top 14 and the Heineken Cup. USA Sevens coach Al Caravelli met with Biarritz boss, former French wing Patrice Lagisquet, who granted Ngwenya permission to play in San Diego.

“I wanted to be here because it’s our home event and we’re trying to show the American public that rugby’s a good sport and we want to do that here at home,” said Ngwenya.

“We have a good shot, a good team so our goal is to beat South Africa, beat England [in the pools on day one], get some points, reach the Cup quarter finals and see what happens from there.”

The USA started the 2007/08 Sevens season slowly in Dubai in December but, with Ngwenya added to their ranks, reached the Cup quarter finals for the first time in George a week later. He scored three tries in the tournament, including one against Samoa, whom the USA beat for the first time to reach the Plate final.

Ngwenya is one of five Rugby World Cup players included in the USA Sevens squad, joining Todd Clever, Chris Wyles, Thretton Palamo and Valanese Malifa. All four played in the New Zealand International Sevens in Wellington last weekend, where the Eagles beat Kenya to claim the Shield title ahead of their home event.

“This is the largest rugby event that’s held in our country,” said USA Sevens coach Al Caravelli, “and it’s in the middle of a dual season and we know lots of people are coming to watch us at the weekend.

Having plucked Ngwenya from sporting obscurity and launched him on his way, Caravelli is confident that the country holds the potential to produce many more rugby players like him.

“When we train at the Olympic training centre they have a big database where an athlete can type in ‘I run the 100 metres in 10.2 seconds but I didn’t qualify for the Olympics, I weigh this much. What other sports can I play?’” said Caravelli.

“I’ve found over a thousand athletes that can run 10.2 seconds at one hundred metres and weigh over 200 pounds. I don’t know if they can catch and pass yet but if they can see the atmosphere at a Wellington, a Dubai or a Hong Kong Sevens, and we can attract those types of athletes then we can continue to promote the sport in the United States.”

 

The USA Sevens will be played at the PETCO Park in San Diego on 9-10 February.



72 Comments

  • Poor ol Habs he’s never going to live it down…lol… and it has certainly put Zim’s name on the map…

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.02.08 10:04:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • ‘the’ Zim’s name on the map…

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.02.08 10:04:58 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • At least he was gracious after and admitted to being beaten, plus Habana is Zee’s hero, can you imagine how he must have felt.

    Habana even called him up after the game and said “nice one”

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.02.08 10:08:43 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Habs is a good oke, I reckon

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.02.08 10:11:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fully

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.02.08 10:14:22 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Did you guys know this oke is a teammate of Willemse?

    He plays on the left wing for Biarritz

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.02.08 10:19:15 by wpw Reply
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  • Is ash actually getting any gametime over there, I wonder

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.02.08 10:20:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • I saw him start a few weeks ago but then he was dropped for an important European game.

    :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.02.08 10:24:32 by wpw Reply
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  • Saw Ash score a try the other day, ok it was a simple try but ja, also saw him on the field in a hilites package a week prior to that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.02.08 10:25:53 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Rob if you have a sec can you hop onto msn?

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.02.08 10:27:29 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • I’m in a cab! Going to be in a meeting all day. Can I call you quick? Mail me your cell no.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.02.08 10:30:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • The most significant part of the article is this:

    ““When we train at the Olympic training centre they have a big database where an athlete can type in ‘I run the 100 metres in 10.2 seconds but I didn’t qualify for the Olympics, I weigh this much. What other sports can I play?’” said Caravelli.”

    Thats what i have been crying for, and trust me, that will result in the US dominating rugby if they take it seriously.

    You cant coach speed and power, but you can coach catching and passing.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.02.08 10:36:03 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Dude i was waiting for someone to catch on to that part.
    That is America and sports, do shitt properly.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.02.08 10:51:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Our good ole friend Kal-El is struggling to register on the site.

    Can one of the experts assist him please???

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.02.08 10:58:09 by wpw Reply
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  • where is everyone???

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.02.08 12:03:49 by wpw Reply
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  • Zee??

    Can’t the yanks or the poms say Takudzwa???? :smile:

    I suspect not, at least not when they are sober. :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.02.08 12:19:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Phank you verry muts Ky-Es-Y-Sarrk.
    I arre verry muts happy wiph yourr help.

    Now us kan talks rrugby.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.02.08 12:21:41 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Can you imagine what sound will come out of their mouths trying to say Takudzwa.

    On a 7′s note, why don’t one of the SA provincial sides snap up Wensley Mbunjwa?That dude has gas to burn and has a mean step.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.02.08 12:28:24 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Kal-El

    Is that your photo?

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.02.08 12:30:08 by wpw Reply
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  • PJLD

    Who does he play for now?

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.02.08 12:33:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • That are a kiekie of I, ja.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.02.08 12:33:41 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Not sure KSA, but that Zimbo is something else man, and a real cool dude, spoke to him in George 2 yrs back.

    Really surprised he doesnt get some CC exposure.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.02.08 12:35:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • 02.07.08 12:30:08 – wpw

    Why, you thinking it could be his sister?

    Welkomen Clark, we increased the quota just for you – hopefully Khompela is happy now. :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.02.08 12:37:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Slight change of subject.
    i just (well three days ago) drove 1600km’s from the KSA East coast to the Red Sea coast.

    Not soemthing for everyone that but i can tell you that putting your Ipod on Random and listening to it all the way DOES make you rediscover some of the old favourites that you didn’t even remember you had.

    This Paul van Dyk classic is awesome.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtyiXxcZ9CI

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.02.08 12:39:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Make that Mbanje

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.02.08 12:40:29 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Flippen Hell Rob will have to do something quickly you guys are overrunning the site :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.02.08 12:40:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA you stuiwer raver you!

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.02.08 12:42:44 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • So who is going to be in the cape in December.

    Kette and I will be coming down for a mates Wedding on 14 or 16 Dec. :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.02.08 12:43:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Uitkyk you, next you know it Provinceworld! :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.02.08 12:43:31 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Ja ja KSA, Dawie said the same thing last year, ons wag nog altyd.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.02.08 12:44:15 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • It’s off one of my Ministry Of Sound CD’s :smile:

    Fortunately my eldest daughter shares my taste of music. :cool:

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.02.08 12:44:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Province World?????

    I thought this site was about Rugby?

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.02.08 12:45:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • beer anyone?

    Holsten.
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    Non Alcoholic though :sad:

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.02.08 12:46:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • You need to tune into some of the funkier stuff man.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.02.08 12:49:00 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • KSA the rave bunny!

    Province World? Is that a gay nightclub or something?

    KSA, pull in dude – we will take you and die vrou out for some good times – rediscover your mojo kinda thing.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.02.08 12:49:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • http://www.strawberry.za.net/robmichaels/ Dl the last cd.

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.02.08 12:49:59 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • KSA Shark

    Is it true that Jews are not allowed into the Kingdom?

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.02.08 12:50:03 by wpw Reply
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  • Ever heard of Despina Vandi?

    Also a favourite

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.02.08 12:50:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Was reading an article about Tonderai. Wonder if he will step up this year.

    Written by that ex Die Voice journalist.

    Who names their kid Assf$#k Mohamed anyway?

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.02.08 12:51:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I suppose I should have posted the link right. :smile: :oops:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UoIE8iQff0

    Bit of an arabic flavour, comes off the Clubbers guide Arabia.

    You have to listen to at least 1:30 to really get a feel for the song.

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.02.08 12:52:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • wpw

    yes it is true, was even up on the Saudi tourism website for a while and then got removed. :smile:

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.02.08 12:53:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Cant believe someone is drinking non alcoholic beer and talking trash to me.

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.02.08 12:53:47 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Oh and the Video of Despina Vandi is NOT BAD either……….

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.02.08 12:54:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Just imagine when i have had a few real ones. :oops:

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.02.08 12:54:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA Shark

    Is it true that Jews are not allowed into the Kingdom?
    02.07.08 12:50:03 – wpw

    You should perhaps ask a priest that, but I think that what counts is if you lived a good life.

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.02.08 12:55:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Have you seen the JJ Harmse article about what he thinks of PdV’s S14 predictions. :smile:

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.02.08 12:55:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • BF :lol:

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.02.08 12:56:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sharp D!!!

    Tonderai must just stay injury free and i scheme he can be alright.

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.02.08 12:57:03 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • I actually hope the Bulls come last in this years S14 and my reason is so that JJ can be shut up for once.

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.02.08 12:58:35 by wpw Reply
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  • ‘Also, it seems, he has not fully studied the impact of the departure of players like Victor Matfield, John Smit and Brent Russell will have on the depth of their respective playing squads.’

    Brent Russell? :shock:

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.02.08 12:59:50 by wpw Reply
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  • wpw :lol:

    that was one bit i picked up on as well.

    I would have thought a player would have needed to be a regular starting XV player or at least get regular game time to make an impact on the sides performance.

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.02.08 13:04:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Have a look at this reply to JJ’s article:

    RugbyStudent says: Negativity breeds negativity…
    07/02/2008 10:59
    Ok, JJ, what is the coach supposed to say? That not one team will reach the semi-final? What kind of moral boosting [email protected] is that? You are probably still bitter that Heyneke Meyer didn’t get the job, now you are taking cheap shots at the current coach. Grow up, you ignorant fool!! You haven’t said one positive thing. I am still getting over your “Johan Roets is in dieselfde klas as Chris Latham” story in the Rapport.

  • Comment 52, posted at 07.02.08 13:08:57 by wpw Reply
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  • JJH will spend all his energy on finding fault with PDV as he believes that Meyer was anointed by god and Doc Craven to lead the Boks.

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.02.08 13:09:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “Johan Roets is in dieselfde klas as Chris Latham”???

    :shock:

    BWAAAHAAAHAAA!!!

  • Comment 54, posted at 07.02.08 13:11:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “Non-alcoholic Holsten”

    “I am still getting over your “Johan Roets is in dieselfde klas as Chris Latham””

    “PDV’s latest quips making skopskiet sound logical”

    WTF is the world coming too!!!!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 07.02.08 13:51:56 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Johan Roets can likes to be in ve same klaas wiph Kris Lapham.

  • Comment 56, posted at 07.02.08 13:58:06 by Kal-El Reply

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  • :lol: Kal

    Guys, for all Roets’s lack of pace and elephant man/missing link looks you have to gice him some respect…HAVE YOU SEEN HIS WIFE???Shes FIIIIINE!

  • Comment 57, posted at 07.02.08 14:02:31 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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    Roets is, like a few other players out there (Fortuin, Stefan (now not in the past)) a good S14 prospect but not a BOK.

  • Comment 58, posted at 07.02.08 14:08:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 02.07.08 14:02:31 – provincejoulekkading

    PJLD,

    What is “gice”? The same as give nice? :lol:

  • Comment 59, posted at 07.02.08 14:25:32 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Kal-El

    Is that a Bulls cap you wearing? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 60, posted at 07.02.08 14:39:43 by wpw Reply
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  • wpw,
    no wucking fay!!! NEVER

  • Comment 61, posted at 07.02.08 14:50:09 by Kal-El Reply

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  • :roll:

  • Comment 62, posted at 07.02.08 14:51:38 by wpw Reply
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  • Dis ‘n souvenier from The Cage…

  • Comment 63, posted at 07.02.08 14:58:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Man-In-Brown-Suit-Thinking-Hard,

    What’s up?

  • Comment 64, posted at 07.02.08 15:25:33 by Kal-El Reply

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  • nice pic, kal-el. Welcome to Sharksworld

  • Comment 65, posted at 07.02.08 15:27:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Awe K-E – I have much on my mind.

    Hope you will be around to defend your team when the disaster kicks of shortly…

    Rob, you back from the pub?

  • Comment 66, posted at 07.02.08 15:35:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • BF,
    That’s any team playing against the bulls :lol:
    I’ll only support the Stormers once Edie is back.

    Howzit Rob? Hope your bankmanager don’t have a problem with your initials – RD.

  • Comment 67, posted at 07.02.08 15:52:41 by Kal-El Reply

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  • LMAO

    Seems like I’m not the only supporter of TGHMEA. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 68, posted at 07.02.08 16:05:22 by wpw Reply
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  • Stormers need some grunt (colour) in their front row – Eddie, Shimmie, Mujati.

  • Comment 69, posted at 07.02.08 16:28:48 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Shimmie has been sent to the Vodacom cup side btw, that side got hiding from the Eagles today.

  • Comment 70, posted at 07.02.08 16:32:37 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Refer to drawer?

  • Comment 71, posted at 07.02.08 18:08:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yebo(b)

  • Comment 72, posted at 07.02.08 22:42:15 by Kal-El Reply

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