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Schoeman applauds Sevens Academy win in Uruguay
January 08, 2018
The SA Rugby Sevens Academy showed great determination and character in Uruguay on Sunday in claiming the Punta del Este tournament of the Sudamericarugby Sevens series, beating Ireland, France and Chile on route to the title, despite only having nine players available for the final.

"It was a great start to the year for us and the guys really had to dig deep for this one," SA Rugby Sevens Academy coach, Marius Schoeman said after they defeated Chile 21-5 in the final.

"We only had nine fit players left for the final match and given the fact that Chile beat us on Day One, it was a remarkable effort by the squad. They really stepped up today. Our wins over Ireland in the quarters (31-7) and France in the semis (24-14) were due to excellent play by the guys and we did not let ourselves down in the final either."

Schoeman feels the tournament ticked a number of boxes.

"It is a big year for Springbok Sevens in general, given the defence of their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title, the Commonwealth Games and the Rugby Sevens World Cup, so the Academy's role of developing the next generation and to add depth will be pretty crucial.

The guys were out of their comfort zones, playing far away from home on a different continent and still managed to deliver.

We had two guys players who completed school only a couple of weeks ago (Angelo Davids and Muller du Plessis) and another trying sevens for the first time in Rhyno Smith and this was the ideal learning curve."

The team now travel to Vina del Mar in Chile, where the second of the Sudamericarugby Sevens tournaments will take place this weekend.

The tournaments are part of the South American qualification process for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, to be played in San Francisco in July.

South Africa will face Brazil, Ireland and Paraguay in pool A of the Chile tournament.

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Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
21:10 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, September 15 2018
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, September 29 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, October 06 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Friday, November 02 2018
00:00 - England vs South Africa
Twickenham, London
Saturday, November 10 2018
00:00 - France vs South Africa
Stade de France, Paris
Saturday, November 17 2018
00:00 - Scotland vs South Africa
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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