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Brazil sevens rugby side in SA to hone their skills
- Updated: September 18, 2014
South Africa plays host to the Brazilian Sevens rugby squad from Friday as they visit for a week-long training mission to help them prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in their home country.
The South Americans will host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in three years’ time and, as a result, have gained automatic qualification for the Sevens competition at the international showpiece.
The team will be based at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports for the duration of their visit to South Africa. The SAS training facility is also the base camp of the Springbok Sevens, the current Commonwealth Gold medalists.
During their visit, the Brazilians will have several field sessions at the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium and the adjacent indoor centre, in addition to using the modern facilities at SAS.
They will also participate in several training sessions with the Springbok Sevens and will have the opportunity to sharpen up their fitness and training preparations against local university and club sides as well as the SARU Sevens Academy team.
SARU President Regan Hoskins looked forward to welcoming the 2016 Olympic hosts to South Africa. ‘We are delighted to welcome Brazil to Stellenbosch,’ said Hoskins. ‘I am sure they are looking forward to testing their skills against some of the best local and international Sevens talent. The facilities at SAS will offer them a fantastic training environment and they will have the benefit of interacting with and gaining further insights from our best Sevens players and coaches.’
Meanwhile, the Blitzboks are continuing with their preparations for the season-opening HSBC Sevens World Series tournament at the Australian Gold Coast on 11-12 October. A top-four spot on the World Series final standings will gain the team automatic entry into the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Springbok Sevens will be defending their home title on 13-14 December when SARU host the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens tournament again in Port Elizabeth.