Treu targets schoolboy stars

Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu has invited four schoolboys for testing at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town.

The schoolboys who have been included are all from the Western Cape and all represented the Western Province Craven Week in East London recently.

JP du Plessis, Craig Barry, Heinrich Marcus and Zingisa Ndiki are the players that Treu will be keeping a watchful eye on.

Barry, who has been a standout player for Paul Roos and who scored the decisive try at the final of the Craven Week when WP defeated Free State 19-17 said, ‘I was so excited because the [the SA Sevens squad] are my heroes. We were made to feel at home very quickly and it was a memorable occasion.’

The testing was successful and the head coach was content with what he saw. ‘We have some amazing young talent coming through at schoolboy level and I am pleased with what I’ve seen.’

Coach Paul Treu had a dream run with the team and they won the IRB Sevens series in May for the first time since its inception 10 years ago. However, the side have suffered major player losses due to injuries and provincial unions making sure that the players honour their union contracts and play Currie Cup and Super 14 rugby. Those who will be absent are Howard Noble, Robert Ebersohn, Mpho Mbiyozo, Lionel Mapoe, Philip Snyman and Vuyo Zangqa.

Zangqa, who proved to be a revelation in last year’s series, is out of the game indefinitely after suffering a serious eye injury in a car accident two months ago and is a major loss for the side.

Treu has, however, maintained the nucleus of his squad and has nine contracted players at his disposal to defend his title.

The Sevens Series kicks-off in Dubai in early December before heading to George for the South African leg of the tournament.