Sevens Boks to face Scots
19 Jan 2009
The Springboks have gained a favourable draw for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai where they will take on Scotland in the group stages.
South Africa have never won the trophy in this format of the game and after triumphing in the opening two events in Dubai and George this season, they will be confident of pushing for top honours.
The draw is favourable as they are drawn with lowly Scotland, Canada and Japan, but coach Paul Treu will be wary of past mishaps. In 2005 the Boks were surprised by Tunisia in the opening game and then went down to Australia in the play-offs, while in 2001 they were also knocked out in the quarters with players such as Bok Skinstad and Breyton Paulse in the squad.
The best the Boks have ever done is reach the final in 1997, where they lost to Fiji.
There are six pools, with the winners and best two runners up progressing to the Melrose Cup quarter finals for the tournament held from 5-7 March.
Pool A: New Zealand, Tonga, Arabian Gulf, Italy
Pool B: Fiji, France, USA, Georgia
Pool C: South Africa, Scotland, Canada, Japan
Pool D: Samoa, Australia, Portugal, Ireland
Pool E: England, Kenya, Tunisia, Hong Kong
Pool F: Argentina, Wales, Zimbabwe, Uruguay