Springbok Sevens star Fabian Juries says he wanted to play for South Africa in the tournaments in Dubai and George.
However, Springbok sevens coach Paul Treu decided for the sake of continuity to rely on players that will be available for the entire International Rugby Board series, according to Rugby365.com.
The first of the tournaments kicks off in Dubai on Friday morning (South African time).
Juries, who is viewed by many experts as one of the best sevens players to have emerged from South Africa, has decided to focus his energies on making the Cheetahs’ Super14 squad.
“I told Paul that I would love to play in Dubai and George, but I understand that he wants to retain continuity by picking sevens specialists,” Juries told Die Burger.
Apart from Juries the Sevens Boks are without many of last year’s stars. However, the 29-year-old reckons South Africa still have enough talent to win in Dubai.
“He played a huge role in last year’s success,” Treu said of Juries. “I hope the players that decide to play in the Super14 make a big success of it.”
The coach believes new heroes have to emerge.
“Renfred Dazel was on Wednesday night named South African sevens player of the year and it’s players like him we have to rely on,” said Treu.
The Sevens Boks play their first game at 08h14 (SA time) against Scotland. They play the Arabian Gulf at 13h10 and Kenya at 17h12.
Juries believes the Sevens Boks will win all the games and experience Kenya as the toughest opponents.
“If everything goes according to plan, we should advance to the quarter-finals without any problems. The big test will come against South Africa’s arch-rivals, New Zealand. They are big and physical. We should try to avoid contact,” he said.
The South African team is: Mpho Mbiyozo, Robert Ebersohn, Frankie Horne, Vuyo Zangqa, Phillip Snyman, Kyle Brown, Renfred Dazel, Ryno Benjamin, Paul Delport, Mzwandile Stick (capt), Marius Schoeman, Gio Aplon.Tweet