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South Africa Sevens coach Paul Treu has added five newcomers to a training squad assembled in Cape Town for a week long camp in preparation for the dual challenge of the World Series and World Cup in 2009.
The Springbok Sevens team won the opening rounds of the Series in Dubai and George and next travel to Wellington, New Zealand and San Diego, USA for the third and fourth events in the global Grand Prix-style event.
Neil Powell, Marius Schoeman and Chase Minnaar were not considered due to injury and the selectors have therefore added the following newcomers to the training squad: Lionel Mapoe (Free State Cheetahs), Cecil Afrika (Griffons), Dumisani Matyeshana (Sharks), Garth April (Boland) and Jacques Erasmus (Falcons).
Three of the newcomers, Afrika, April and Erasmus played schoolboy rugby earlier this year and represented the Boks at the first IRB Junior World Championship in Wales, where South Africa finished in third place.
All squad players underwent recovery testing and a gym session at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands and the squad will assemble again in Stellenbosch on 5 January, where the players will be based until their departure for Wellington on 31 January.
The national Sevens training squad:
Neil Papier, Garth April (Boland)
Sampie Mastriet (Blue Bulls)
Jacques Erasmus (Falcons)
Philip Snyman, Lionel Mapoe (Free State Cheetahs)
Cecil Afrika (Griffons)
Ian Adendorff, Dumisani Matyeshana, Mliwadze Nqoro (all Sharks)
Kyle Brown (UCT)
Mpho Mbiyozo, Robert Ebersohn, Frankie Horne, Paul Delport, Mzwandile Stick, Ryno Benjamin, Renfred Dazel, Vuyo Zangqa (all SA Rugby contracted players)
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