Richard Ferguson

Sithole in, Ryan misses out

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens, Sharks on 21 Jun 2013 at 08:44
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The South African Sevens squad to take part in the Sevens World Cup in Moscow has been announced, with Kyle Brown returning from injury to lead the team. Sharks eighthman Ryan Kankowski has not made the side, but teammate Sibusiso Sithole has been selected as part of the 12 man squad.

Four Super Rugby players made the grade, joining Sevens regulars to compete at the illustrious tournament. Ryno Benjamin, Cheslin Kolbe, Sampie Mastriet and Sithole are players from Super Rugby franchises while Sevens regulars Cecil Afrika, Branco du Preez, Philip Snyman and Stephan Dippenaar all make the trip.

Senatla and Kolbe will join the squad, who fly out to Russia on Saturday, in Moscow after completion of their Junior Springbok duties at the IRB Junior World Championship in France.

The Springbok Sevens Rugby World Cup squad is:

1. Cecil Afrika

2. Ryno Benjamin

3. Kyle Brown (captain)

4. Stephan Dippenaar

5. Chris Dry

6. Branco du Preez

7. Cornal Hendricks

8. Cheslin Kolbe

9. Sampie Mastriet

10. Seabelo Senatla

11. Philip Snyman

12. Sibusiso Sithole


  • Was kanko dropped or was he not able to recover from injuries?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.13 08:48:11 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 1) : well, bear in mind that Treu had a large groups of available players from which to select his final squad of 12. Kanko didn’t make that squad, the reason being that he battled for fitness and didn’t manage to “do enough” at the Roma Sevens to warrant inclusion in what was ultimately a very select group. Sithole, on the other hand, won player of the tournament.

    I kind of admire Treu for being true to his word here. He didn’t let a big-name Springbok just “walk into” his squad without doing the yards first. I’m sure it was with a heavy heart that he omitted Kanko, but it seems to have been done for the right reason.

    Ryan has got some hard choices ahead of him now, though. The one thing that isn’t what he needs is to head back to Japan for another six months, where his rugby will stagnate further.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.06.13 08:50:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Sbura was player of the tournament, that’s good to hear

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.06.13 08:59:14 by Ludz Reply

  • So what’s up with Kanko?

    Japan might have catered for his short term financial needs, but his long term career aspirations has taken a serious blow.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.06.13 09:02:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Amazing what can happen in a year, if I am not mistaken this was more or less the time Kano started playing some of his best rugga. Controlling the lineouts and putting in some solid performances and everyone was saying Boks. Now he is struggling to make the Sharks side…

    Hopefully we get him back to his best and he stays on with the Sharks!

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.13 09:08:27 by MikeVS Reply

  • So the big question now is…..Where to for Kanko? will he form part of the recent mass overseas exodus?
    I for one will be sad to see him go.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.13 09:13:26 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Kanko should really not head back to Japan. His experience coupled with that of Peter Grant has shown conclusively that this does not work at all. They come back out of shape and/or injured. I shudder to think how JPP will look next year…

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.13 09:14:31 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @MikeVS (Comment 5) : Ironically, that is when we started playing ball-in-hand, winning rugby. Then the new season came and with it the same crap, bash-it-up “game plan” we start off with EVERY year. The “game plan”, which suits only the coach, Alberts/Deysel, and the opposition.

    If one can’t learn that one doesn’t plough the fields using racehorses you deserve a failed crop every season, no matter how fertile the land.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.13 09:16:54 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Going to Japan may have been financially rewarding for Kanko in the short term, but in hindsight it was the worst thing he could have done. I believe that if he had stayed in South Africa he would have had a decent shot at making the Bok side, and he would definitely be a starter in the Sharks Superrugby side. All is not lost though, I still rate kanko, as I’m sure the Sharks management do, a season of hard Currie Cup rugby for the Sharks is just what he needs to set himself up for a good S15 next year. Go Ryan!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.13 09:19:52 by jonnow Reply

  • O Gerhardt, Gerhardt! wherfore art thou Gerhardt??

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.13 09:22:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 9) : And a kop dokter won’t hurt either.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.13 09:24:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Kanko did not make the team due to injury!

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.13 09:33:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 6) : Kanko had already extended his Sharks deal, but as far as I know, is definitely still signed up for Japan this year.

    I’m hoping that the Sharks have made it plain in their new contract that this will be the last Japanese season for him.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.06.13 09:36:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 8) : we played some phenomenal rugby towards the end of last year.

    Been a very disappointing year from results, injuries and style of rugby we have played.

    Hopefully Venter will bring some fresh ideas with him…

    We need to win the CC this year.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.06.13 09:38:09 by MikeVS Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 14) : you get in now, or is this from your phone?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.06.13 09:43:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : The previous comment was from my phone – but I am back on my PC and it feels good to be back! 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.13 16:50:25 by MikeVS Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 16) : excellent 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.13 16:59:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : lol short sabatical -work messing with my social rugby chats-lol

    ye, must admit devastated, but like rob said, perhaps not a bad thing. hard work ahead for CC season now to play himself back into top class SA rugby. Keep in mind many players will follow this route.
    Kanko was one of the first players to return to big rugby after leaving the land of the rising sun.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.06.13 14:43:33 by Gerhardt Reply

  • Strang that Sithole is so highly rated as a sevens player but Sharks coach does not rate him at all.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.06.13 00:55:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : he hasn’t played Bok 7s in 2 seasons and in his 1st tournament back he’s voted player of the tournament. I hope his stint with 7s gives him confidence coming back into 15s

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.06.13 10:31:07 by Ludz Reply

  • Ludz I just hope that after his stint at the 7’s Sharks has a coach that can get him to play to his full potential !!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.06.13 10:46:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : true, I have a good feeling about Brendan Venter’s influence on him

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.06.13 11:01:07 by Ludz Reply

  • Ludz we can only hope.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.06.13 11:21:39 by JD Reply
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