National Sevens coach Paul Treu has named his squad to participate in the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Tournament in Port Elizabeth this weekend. As the tournament does not form part of the IRB International Series, the side will play as the Sasol Vipers.
It’s a pretty experimental squad, comprising only three players who have been capped for South Africa at Sevens level. 19-year-old Milo Nqoro, who represented Natal at under 19 level last year (as an outside centre) won his first cap in George last weekend, while UCT’s Kyle Brown represented SA at the Dubai tournament a week earlier. The Eagles’ Norman Nelson is the third player in the squad with international experience.
Sharks Currie Cup players Dumi Matyeshana and Lwazi Mvovo have also been named, along with the versatile Ian Adendorff, who has represented Natal at junior ranks as both an outside centre and a loose forward. Currie Cup First Division player of the year, Griffons fullback Cecil Afrika, is also in the mix, along with scrumhalf Neil Papier, who represented Boland in the Premier Division of the 2008 competition.
The national side, competing as the Emerging Boks, won the competition quite comfortably last year. Treu will apparently use the opportunity to assess some emerging Sevens talent with a view to including performers in an enlarged national training squad, scheduled to participate in a camp in Stellenbosh next week.
Here is the Sasol Vipers squad:
Ian Adendorff (Sharks) Cecil Afrika (Griffons) Kyle Brown (UCT) Sampie Mastriet (Boland) Anthony Taylor (Western Province) Ridowaan de Bruyn (Tygerberg RC) Shuaib Samaai (Boland) Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) Dumisani Matyeshana (Sharks) Norman Nelson (SWD) Mlindazwe Nqoro (Sharks) Neil Papier (Boland)Tweet