Seabelo Senatla is excited by the prospect of once again shifting his focus to fifteens rugby after a stint with the Springbok Sevens, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Senatla has featured in the first four tournaments of this season’s World Rugby Sevens Series – racking up 30 tries – but he will now return to the Stormers to begin preparations for the upcoming Super Rugby campaign.
In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, Senatla explains how he plans to shift his focus to fifteens rugby in the hope of putting himself in selection contention for the 2019 World Cup.
‘I really feel like sevens helps to develop my strengths in both forms of the game, and keeps my skills sharp. I really don’t want to completely leave sevens just yet, it’s given me so much, but I also know that at this stage in my career I need to start dedicating the bulk of my time to fifteens if I want to become a Springbok in the future.’
Senatla still has a desire to feature for the Blitzboks at both the Commonwealth Games and Sevens World Cup this year, but the 2018 season is also set to see the speedster enter the next phase of his career.
‘For me, sevens will always be my home, because it’s where I started,’ he describes. ‘It’s a big portion of who I am as a player, and I don’t think I’ll ever lose that touch, but it’s always about sharpening up various aspects of my game. Obviously I have dreams and ambitions of being a fifteens Bok, and that’s the ultimate goal.’
– Read the full interview in the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale now for just R29.90.