Boks recruit Aussie Touch guru

Boks recruit Aussie Touch guru

Former Queensland Reds skills coach and Australian touch rugby expert Jason Stanton has has been drafted in by South Africa to assist with preperations for Friday's third leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Wellington (5-6). Stanton is highly experienced in various forms of the game with his career highlights including helping Australia to three consecutive Touch Rugby world titles and also guiding the Australian Women’s team to victory in the inaugural IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai. He is also a former skills coach of the Australian Super Rugby franchise the Queensland Reds.

Former Queensland Reds skills coach and Australian touch rugby expert Jason Stanton has been drafted in by South Africa to assist with preperations for Friday's third leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Wellington (5-6).

Stanton is highly experienced in various forms of the game with his career highlights including helping Australia to three consecutive Touch Rugby world titles and also guiding the Australian Women’s team to victory in the inaugural IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai. He is also a former skills coach of the Australian Super Rugby franchise the Queensland Reds.

“Jason has an amazing track record as a skills coach and he is obviously highly respected in both Rugby and Touch Rugby circles. He has a refreshingly different approach to skills coaching and I am delighted that has joined us for the week in Wellington,” said Treu.

"I think it is the way that they manipulate space and just the way that they play with the defenders. That is what we have tried to implement in our game over the last two years and just for the players to pick up indicators in the defenders and how to manipulate space and what is on and what is not on, how you can take your chances."

Injuries to key players and the loss of several regulars to provincial and Super Rugby has dealt the team a heavy blow, and South Africa currently lie in eighth place on the log with 16 points.

Treu has arranged a warm-up match against Tonga on Wednesday, hoping it will prepare them for their Wellington Sevens opener against Nieu on Friday.

“We play Niue in our first match on Friday and Tonga would therefore be the ideal team to prepare against as they play a very similar style of rugby. Chase Minnaar and Marius Schoeman might not play because both of them have a bit of an upset stomach problem, but they should be okay for the captain’s run on Thursday,” explained Treu.

South Africa’s second match on Friday is against the Sevens World Cup winners Wales and they end the first day with a tough assignment against hosts and Series leaders New Zealand.

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