Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu has confirmed the call-up of Ian Adendorff and Sampie Mastriet as cover for the injured Marius Schoeman for this week’s Emirates Airline SA Sevens tournament in George.
Superrugby reports that Paul Treu will name one of the uncapped players as official replacement for Schoeman when he announces his final team on Thursday.
Schoeman, a key forward for the Springbok Sevens, injured his right hand on the first day at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens. South Africa won their third Dubai title after a dramatic victory over England in a thrilling Cup final.
The latest injury is a cruel blow to the home team, who earlier also lost their regular captain Neil Powell with a broken arm.
Treu described the loss of Schoeman as a big dissapointment. “I always said that we would call on our extended squad in the event of any injuries and that is what we’ve done. Marius injured his right wrist in Dubai and although he will receive a specialist opinion on Tuesday, he will not take part in the tournament this weekend. It is really unfortunate that we have lost a player of his ability and experience,” said Treu.
All 16 international teams are now in George after the arrival on Monday of Series holders and George champions, New Zealand.
The South Africans, like most of the teams, had a quiet day and their only activity was a morning gymnasium session.
South Africa’s first full training session is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Saasveld rugby fields. Mzwandile Stick, the team’s hero in Dubai, will join the other captains on Tuesday afternoon at the Absa International captain’s signing session in York Street.
A limited number of reserved seats are still available and rugby fans can book them at any Computicket or at the ticket office at the Outeniqua Stadium.Tweet