From Neil Powell, coach: Springbok Sevens Team in Dubai
It is a huge honour for me to coach the Springbok Sevens team. We have an experienced management team and squad and I am fortunate to work with such a passionate and committed group of people.
I realise that everyone expects us to win whenever we take the field, and together with the rest of the management I shall do my utmost best to ensure that our team is well-prepared and ready to face whatever challenge we face.
I am pleased with the squad’s preparation. We played some warm-up matches against three university teams and that helped us a lot in terms of determining our state of readiness.
It is very exciting to have game-breakers such as Cheslin Kolbe and Branco du Preez in the squad, but their focus will very much be team-orientated:
They have great individual talent, but we will need a huge team effort in this demanding tournament. Our theme this year is to strive for consistency, which means that we will firstly be looking to make at least the semi-finals.
Thank you again for your support.
Springbok Sevens Coach
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