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Rugby | Sevens

Boks to warm up against Chile, Argentina



The Springbok sevens team will get their pre-season preparation underway later this month with training matches against Chile and Argentina in Stellenbosch.

The SA Rugby Union (Saru) said on Friday the South American teams would visit the country later this month as part of their preparations for the upcoming Pan American Games.

A core group of the contracted SA sevens players have been training since August, while the rest of the players, as well as the group of junior contracted squad members, have been involved in various Absa Currie Cup competitions.

"Players such as Boom Prinsloo (Free State Cheetahs), Sibusiso Sithole (Sharks) and Steven Hunt (Western Province) are playing in the Currie Cup Premier Division," said Blitboks coach Paul Treu.

"Our junior players are in action in the Currie Cup age group competitions.

"All of them will join us at the conclusion of their various provincial commitments, so we are looking at having the full contingent of squad members in camp at the end of October."

Treu said Chile had arrived on Friday for an eight-day tour, while Argentina would start their tour on September 25 and would depart on October 2.

In addition to these warm-up matches, Saru said, the SA sevens side would also be in action in the traditional pre-season tournament in Middelburg -- against Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia -- on October 15.

The Springbok Sevens finished as runners-up to champions New Zealand in the 2010/11 Sevens World Series after successive victories in the last two tournaments in England and Scotland.

The 2011/12 global competition will kick off with the Australia leg on November 25.

South Africa will host their leg, the third of nine in the series, in Port Elizabeth in December.

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