Hoffmann joins Sevens set-up

Paul Treu has invited nine newcomers to the Springbok Sevens training camp including WP utility back Conrad Hoffmann.

Despite being the best scrumhalf prospect at WP, Hoffmann was shifted to flyhalf in 2009 with the aim of moulding him into a world-beating pivot. Unfortunately, he received few opportunities and was replaced by Aussie import Matt To’omua in the Currie Cup semi-finals.

Braam Gerber (Blue Bulls), Steven Hunt (Western Province U21), Trompie Nontshinga (Griquas), Chris Dry and Makholokoe Ramashala (Free State U21), Nhlanganiso Sibanda (Free State U19), Bernardo Botha (Lions U21) and Alshaun Bock (Hamilton Rugby Club) will join those already contracted by Saru.

Nontshinga will join the camp on Wednesday, while the rest of the newcomers underwent fitness and conditioning training at the Sports Science Institute at Newlands on Monday.

‘We will have on-field training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at our base camp in Stellenbosch and on Saturday we will play a few warm up games at Brookside in Claremont,’ said Treu.

‘After this weekend, our next assignment will be the Middelburg Sevens (31 October) and the Singapore Cricket Club Sevens, where we are the defending champions.’