Senatla signs ground-breaking deal

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:03
Large seabelo senatla Large seabelo senatla sa 7s Large sevenscecilafrikape Large cecil afrika 7s

Springbok Sevens stars Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Afrika have extended their national contracts until December 2016.

Springbok Sevens stars Seabelo Senatla and Cecil Afrika have extended their national contracts until December 2016, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Friday.

Senatla will play for the Springbok Sevens team during the IRB Sevens World Series, whilst also representing Western Province for the next three years in the Currie Cup thanks to a unique contract agreement.

Senatla starred for South Africa at the World Cup Sevens in Russia, just a week after he helped the Junior Springboks to third place at the Junior World Championships in France.

Afrika is a former IRB and South African Sevens Player of the Year and this year performed duties as a Keep Rugby Clean Ambassador for the IRB.

Rassie Erasmus, SARU’s General Manager for High Performance, said he was very pleased that the services of the players have been secured until 2016.

“They are both world class Sevens players and I am very pleased that we have signed them until the end of 2016, when we will hopefully make a strong challenge at the Olympic Games in Rio,” said Erasmus.

He added that the agreement with Senatla, in particular, was an innovative and ground-breaking deal.

“The agreement with Seabelo benefits all the relevant parties involved – the player, SARU and the Springbok Sevens team as well as WP Rugby,” said Erasmus. “He has aspirations to play 15-a-side rugby for the Springboks one day and this will keep those hopes alive.”

Erasmus said that the Springbok Sevens conditioning coach would work closely with his Western Province counterpart over the next three years to ensure that Senatla was managed sensibly and correctly.

Afrika, Erasmus explained, is one of the senior Springbok Sevens players and he will have the added responsibility of mentoring the young players in the squad.

“Cecil is a world class player and his game breaking attributes are well-documented. He is now a senior figure in the squad and we will look to him, amongst others, to act as mentor for the younger members in the squad.

“He has a lot of experience and still has a lot to offer, so I am therefore very pleased that we have secured his playing services for the next three years,” said Erasmus.

Senatla has not featured for the Springbok Sevens in their three World Series tournaments so far this season, which were held at the Gold Coast in Australia, Dubai and Port Elizabeth. He is however expected to be available for the next tournament, in Las Vegas in January.

Afrika has played in 28 World Series tournaments and amassed more than 800 points since his debut in Wellington in 2009.

Speedster Senatla made his South Africa and World Series debut in Wellington earlier this year and have played in five World Series events overall.

South Africa are currently second on the World Series standings after winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens on Sunday in Port Elizabeth.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
South Korea 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Uruguay 0 0 0 1 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens