Delport to lead Bok Sevens

Paul Treu has named Paul Delport as the Springbok Sevens captain for the 2009-10 season.

Delport will take over from Mzwandile Stick, who led the team to their first World Series title last season.

Treu believes the captaincy rotation will strengthen the leadership within the squad.

‘All the senior and contracted players in the squad fully endorse Paul as their captain for the season,” said the head coach. ‘We want to create a platform for all our players to excel as leaders. This is part of the legacy we want to build. In the future, there will be new captains and leaders who will take over from Paul, so it’s important to have many leaders in our setup.

‘The Bulls have proved to be successful thanks to their leaders such as Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez and Bakkies Botha in their squad.’

While Delport will be the recognised skipper, Treu said everybody will have a role to play in the side.

‘Our mentality within the squad is that of a team and not individuals. While Paul has been named captain, our strength will continue to be based on a team effort. That’s what I am expecting,’ Treu said.

The Springbok Sevens kick off their World Series title defence on 4 December in the first tournament in Dubai.