12 Jun BLITZBOK STAR SET TO IGNITE BEACHCOMBER WORLD CLUB 10s
BLOEMFONTEIN, 31 MAY 2017 – South African Sevens star Rosko Specman is set to ignite the Beachcomber World Club 10s as part of the Toyota Cheetahs team in June.
Specman, 28, is a key member of the Blitzboks team that recently captured the HSBC World Sevens Series title for a second time.
Specman was named in the World Series’ Dream Team and fans at the Anjalay Stadium in Mauritius will have the chance to witness his incredible side-step and pace off the mark first hand on June 17 and 18.
He has played 111 matches for the Blitzboks, scored 49 tries and 273 points in an illustrious sevens career. Over the past season he played in 40 matches and scored 20 tries.
Specman is one of the exciting and talented players representing current Currie Cup champions at the Beachcomber World Club 10s.
Former Junior Springbok wing Luther Obi, who possesses searing pace, is another set to scorch the field in Mauritius while 2012 Junior World championship winner William Small-Smith will provide leadership and a canny brain.
Coach Franco Smith won’t make the trip due his Springbok commitments, but Free State director of rugby Rory Duncan will lead the squad.
It will be Specman’s first outing since signing with the Cheetahs and the 10s will give him a good opportunity to integrate himself into the squad before their Currie Cup defence begins.
“Rosko was a great acquisition prior to the Beachcomber 10s,” Small-Smith says with a laugh.
“It’s going to be awesome to play alongside him because he has been dominating on the sevens field and having him in our side will give us a good weapon.
“The Cheetahs have an attacking philosophy, which I think will suit us in Mauritius.
“I’ve played sevens before, but never 10s. However, I’m good mates with some of the Bulls players and I got great feedback about their experiences at the Brisbane 10s earlier in the year.
“I like the format, with five forwards and five backs, but other than that, it is rugby. There is a bit more space, but it won’t be as open as sevens.
“There is a bunch of good international teams and there will be some good players. It’s fun, but there will be a competitive edge from the elite teams too.
“It will be a really fun trip but also a good opportunity to do some team building with an eye to the Currie Cup later in the year.”
The Vodacom Bulls and Toyota Cheetahs from South Africa, the Plus 500 Brumbies and the Road Safety Western Force from Australia, Harlequins from England, Kubota Spears from Japan, a combined Tsunami Pyrenees from France and a composite Africa Pacific Dragons team will all be in action.
Ryno Benjamin, Jacques du Toit, Elandre Huggett, Reniel Hugo, JW Jonker, Niell Jordaan, Armandt Koster, Charles Marais, Niel Marais, Tian Meyer, Ali Mgijima, Danie Mienie, Luther Obi, Junior Pokomela, William Small-Smith, Rosko Specman, Ruan van Rensburg, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Carl Wegner.
The Beachcomber World Club 10s is fully sanctioned by World Rugby, Rugby Afrique and Rugby Union Mauritius.