There’s a big year in store

The oval-ball sport’s bor­ders are ex­pand­ing no­tice­ably in 2016, with the Olympics on the ros­ter, along with an ex­panded Su­per Rugby for­mat and a Cur­rie Cup that fea­tures Namibia

CityPress - - Sport - DAN RETIEF dan.retief@city­press.co.za

For rugby, 2016 will be a year of change in which new fron­tiers will be ex­plored and, along the way, the next gen­er­a­tion of Spring­boks will emerge. Far-flung des­ti­na­tions such as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Tokyo in Ja­pan and Sin­ga­pore have been placed on the map as World Rugby, driven by the San­zar south­ern hemi­sphere pow­er­houses, seeks to ex­pand its bor­ders.

The game will re­turn to the Olympics by way of Sev­ens and make its reap­pear­ance in a coun­try where foot­ball is akin to a re­li­gion.

The Spring­bok Sev­ens squad, or the aptly named Bl­itzbokke, have an ex­cel­lent chance of win­ning a medal, per­haps even a gold one to go with the gilt Com­mon­wealth pen­dant they claimed in Glas­gow in 2014.

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