WP’s Delport named new Sevens captain
PAUL DELPORT was yesterday named as captain of the Springbok Sevens squad for the upcoming IRB Sevens World Series.
Delport’s elevation is a natural succession after previously captaining the SA schools and national Under-21 and Under-19 teams.
Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu believes Delport’s appointment as captain for the new season would further strengthen the existing leadership structures within the squad.
“All the senior and con- tracted players in the squad fully endorse Paul as their captain for the season,” said Treu.
“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.”
Players such as Mzwandile Stick, Mpho Mbiyozo and Neil Powell, who have previously captained the SA Sevens side, are all expected to play a huge role as senior players in the side that intends to defend the IRB Sevens World Series crown.
“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 expect,” added Treu.
The 25 year-old Delport represented the Stormers and the Cats at Super Rugby level, and played Currie Cup and Voda- com Cup rugby for Western Province before switching to Sevens.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling and it’s a huge honour and challenge to captain the Springbok Sevens side, who are the best team in the world,” said Delport. ”Our goal will be to continue from where we left off last season.”
The Sevens squad, who are currently in Stellenbosch preparing for the upcoming inter national season, begin their defence of their IRB Sevens World Series title in Dubai on December 4. – Sapa