Kyle Brown excited and nervous about return to play
October 27, 2017
Springbok Sevens veteran and former Blitzboks captain, Kyle Brown, admitted some excitement and nerves as he prepares to return to the playing field after ten months.

The third most capped Blitzbok off all time injured his knee at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December last year and had made a slow, but steady recovery to full fitness.

He will run out for the South African Sevens team on Saturday at the Assupol International Sevens tournament, to be played at the Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch, where the Blitzboks will face England Academy, Kenya and Scotland on Day One.

"The surgery went well, the rehab went well and the pre-season running was tough, but I managed," Brown said as the team wrapped up their preparations for the tournament.

"For the last two months on the training field, I started to find my feet again. I don't know how, but it did feel as if the game got faster in the time I was away, so I will use this weekend and tournament to try and find my pace in the game."

Brown stood down as captain of the side at the beginning of last season and Philip Snyman took over for the 2016/17 season, which saw the Blitzboks win the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

"It was a long pre-season and at times a strange one. Due to some of the squad playing Currie Cup, we were only five players at training at times,” Snyman said.

“That made it tough, but it was a good one. The guys are hungry to play some sevens and guys like Kyle Brown and Justin Geduld return from injury and others return from Currie Cup. The rest, like me, is keen to get back onto the horse. We are ready to give it a go this weekend and get into the groove of things."

The tournament, which will see the SA Rugby Sevens Academy Under-17 squad in action against international teams from Namibia and Argentina as well, starts at 09h00.

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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