Kaizer Chiefs have entered a team for the inaugural Sevens Premier League to be played in George in December.
The PSL club made the official announcement on Monday afternoon, confirming that former Springbok wing Breyton Paulse and centre Gcobani Bobo will be involved. Paulse will captain the team, while Bobo will stand in as coach.
Other players who will join the Chiefs rugby team are Fabian Juries, Stefan Basson, Mzwandile Stick and Brent Russell.
‘This is the coming together of two big brands, a cross cover of two sporting worlds and we at Kaizer Chiefs are very excited about it,’ said Kaizer Chiefs marketing manager Jessica Motaung. ‘We like to be part of sports history as a brand and we felt the association with the rugby sevens is a historical milestone in football, rugby and sports as a whole.
Bobo added: ‘In my early days in sport, I wanted nothing more than to play for Kaizer Chiefs, become a legend and then move to Real Madrid. It did not work out quite that way as I became a rugby player, but this opportunity to be associated with Kaizer Chiefs is one I cannot miss again. It will be a massive honour and privilege to coach their team. Breyton has vast experience as a player and to tap into that knowledge will be a massive boost to the rest of the team.’
All six South African Super Rugby franchises will also enter a sevens side. Kazier Chiefs will be one of six privately owned teams. The tournament will run from 14-15 December.
International stars Quade Cooper and Shane Williams are also expected to feature. The winners of the tournament will win R1 million.