The SA Students Sevens rugby squad departed on Monday for Kazan in Russia to participate in the World University Games.
The 12-man squad, will be captained by NMMU fullback Jarryd Buys and include former Springbok Sevens international Ryan Nell, Bradley Moolman who represented the SA Under-20 team in 2011 and Tiger Bax who has played Vodacom Super Rugby for the DHL Stormers.
The South Africans will play three training matches in Kazan – against France, Canada and Italy before starting their pools fixtures on 14 July. The will face Namibia and then Latvia on the opening day. They finish their pools commitments the following day against Japan.
The Sevens rugby knockout matches are scheduled for 16 – 17 July.
The SA Students Sevens squad for the World Games in Moscow:
Timothy Agaba (NMMU)
Jarryd Buys (captain, NMMU)
Robert van Schalkwyk (Shimlas)
Bradley Moolman (UJ)
Frederick Muller (UWC)
Garth van Rayner (Univ. Fort Hare)
Liam Bax (UCT)
Clearance Khumalo (Maties)
Pieter de Villiers (Maties)
Josh Bassingwaithe (Maties)
Ryan Nell (Maties)
Nicholas de Jager (Maties)
Ian Campbell-McGeachy (Coach, Maties)
Colin Mintoor (Manager, Walter Sisulu Univ.)
Michael Dick (USSA representative, UJ)
France have selected a much stronger side, but the All Blacks are still the bookies favourite to take the series.
2013: New Zealand won 23-13, Auckland
2011: New Zealand won 8-7, Auckland
2011: New Zealand won 37-17, Auckland
2009: New Zealand won 39-12, Marseille
2009: New Zealand won 14-10, Wellington
2009: France won 27-22, Dunedin
2007: France won 20-18, Cardiff
2007: New Zealand won 61-10, Wellington
2007: New Zealand won 42-11, Auckland
2006: New Zealand won 2311, Paris
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg. 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain) 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rene Ranger.
France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Bernard Le Roux, 7 Louis Picamoles, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Brice Dulin, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.
Date: Saturday, June 15
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 French time; 07.35 GMT)
Expected weather: Often cloudy. Scattered rain from evening. Northeast breezes. A low of 4°C and a high of 10°C
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), TBC (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
Japan got desperately close a week ago – can they finally get one over a tier 1 country?
2013: Wales won 22-18, Osaka
2007: Wales won 72-18, Cardiff (World Cup pool match)
2004: Wales won 98-0, Cardiff
2001: Wales won 53-30, Tokyo
2001: Wales won 64-10, Osaka
1999: Wales won 64-15, Cardiff (World Cup pool match)
1995: Wales won 57-10, Bloemfontein (World Cup pool match)
1993: Wales won 55-5, Cardiff
Prediction: Last week Japan got a lot closer than we thought and maybe that’s an indication of Wales’ lack of depth. Japan will have gained some confidence from that, but we still believe that – given the weather conditions – the Welsh are just too strong. Wales by about 10 points.
Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Toshiaki Hirose (captain), 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Takashi Kikutani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shoji Ito, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Justin Ives, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita.
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 James King 5 Lou Reed, 4 Bradley Davies (Captain), 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Dafydd Howells.
Date: Saturday, 15 June
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14.00 (05.00 GMT; 06.00 UK time)
Expected weather: Heavy rain showers predicted. High of 27°C and low of 21°C
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), TBC (Japan)
The Saracens website reported that the South African Barbarians will play against the London club on May the 16th in London with some of the proceeds going to the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson fund.
The match will take place at the Honourable Artillery Company, in the heart of the City of London.
Nigel Wray, chairman, said: “Our matches at the HAC have become calendar events in the City, and we look forward to another fantastic occasion offering great rugby and a great atmosphere in a unique venue. The South African Barbarians stand for everything that is good in our game, and they will present talented, formidable opposition.”
Dave Kennealy, President of South African Barbarians, said: “This match against Saracens will give young South African players a valuable opportunity to play in the UK and to showcase their ability, and the event will also generate funds for the Chris Burger/ Petro Jackson fund, supporting individuals injured while playing rugby.”
Morne du Plessis, President of the Chris Burger/ Petro Jackson fund, said: “We are delighted to be associated with what will be an outstanding rugby occasion.”
On invitation by Grey College the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be playing against Cardiff Blues on Saturday, the 4th of August on the main field at Grey College. The game will be played in memory of Sir George Grey, founder of Grey College, who would have been 200 years old this year.