The country’s Sevens rugby team start yet another season on the continent when they take part at the Castle Sevens tournament — formerly known as the Mosi Sevens, in Lusaka, Zambia, on August 28.
The Cheetahs will go into camp next Monday although preparations have already started at the Laser Sevens Academy at Old Georgians Sports Club.
Cheetahs’ team manager Bruce Hobson said like last year, they would be travelling with the second-tier side, the Goshawks, to create a bigger player base for the national team.
“This year we will be travelling with the Cheetahs and the Goshawks as it has helped us in creating depth within our selection. The Goshawks team is our development team and is important in creating competition among the players and providing cover when there are injuries to or when some of the key players are not available,” said Hobson.
Other teams who will take part in the tournament in Zambia include Botswana, Namibia, Mpumalanga Province, Emerging Springboks, Sharks Academy and the British Army.
“We will be aiming to defend our title at the tournament we have won for the last three years and the players will be motivated to do well there.
We have been assessing a number of new young players and some of them could be making the trip to Zambia,” said Hobson.