Kyle Brown and the SACS 7s

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Kyle Brown spent twelve years at SACS, matriculating in 2004. He was a good rugby player at school, played for the 1stXV but did not make any representative team’s. Having been young for his year, after school he enrolled at the HPC Rugby Academy in Parow and was coached there by the legendary Alan Zondagh. He was fortunate enough to be in the same year as a number of very talented players and the HPC Academy team went on the win the Western Province U20 League that year. It was a vitally important year in Kyle’s rugby development. He improved his conditioning and skills but more importantly it gave him the confidence in his ability to play the game at a higher level.

Kyle went on to play for Boland U19 at Currie Cup level in 2006 and for their U21’s in 2007. In 2008 he enrolled at UCT and began playing in the Varsity Cup. It was his excellent results in the conditioning tests done before the Varsity Cup that caught the eye of Graham Bentz, who at the time was a hostel master at SACS and worked as a biokineticist in the High Performance Unit at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands. Graham knew Paul Treu was looking for explosive young athletes who could make it in the Sevens game. Graham mentioned Kyle’s achievements in the battery of conditioning tests to Paul and so began Kyle’s conversion into a Springbok Sevens player.

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The rest, as they say, is history and Kyle’s Wikipedia page gives an accurate blow-by-blow account of his rise to become not only a regular and important member of the Springbok Sevens Team (otherwise known as the Blitzboks) but also its captain:

At the end of 2008, Brown was included in the South African Sevens squad for the 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series. He made his debut at the 2008 Dubai Sevens and played every leg of the series, as South Africa won the series for the first time at their tenth attempt. He also played in the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens competition, helping South Africa to the Quarter Finals, where they lost to Argentina. He also won a bronze medal with the side at the 2009 World Games in KaohsiungRepublic of China (Taiwan).

He became a key member of the sevens side over the next few years, appearing in the majority of tournaments in the IRB Sevens World Series, although he did miss most of the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series through injury. He returned in time for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, but the Blitzboks once again lost in the Quarter Finals of the competition, this time to Fiji. However, they made some amends by winning gold medals at 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia shortly afterwards.

He played in seven further legs of the 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series and then captained the squad that played at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, helping his side all the way to the final, where they got a 17–12 victory over a New Zealand that won the previous four tournaments.

2016 Summer Olympics

Brown was named captain of a 12-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He was named in the starting line-up for their first match in Group B of the competition against Spain, with South Africa winning the match 24–0. He started their second match against France, scoring one of South Africa’s four tries in a 26–0 victory, and dropped to the bench for their final match against Australia. Despite a 5–12 defeat in this match, South Africa still finished top of Pool B to set up a quarter final rematch against Australia. Brown was restored to the starting lineup for this match and scored one of South Africa’s tries in a 22–5 victory. He started South Africa’s semi-final match against Great Britain and scored South Africa’s only points of a 5–7 defeat, which saw his side eliminated from gold medal contention. He also started their third-place play-off, helping his side to a 54–14 victory over Japan to secure a bronze medal in the competition.

Kyle had one of the best tournaments of his life and was nominated as one of seven players to be in the Dream Team for the Olympics.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. 10 AUGUST 2016. Kyle Brown during South Africa's quarter final match against Australia at the Deodora Stadium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today. Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA

(Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA)

Kyle has worked extremely hard to make a career out of Sevens Rugby and is passionate about the game and its growth. He has created the Kyle Brown 7’s brand in order to promote and grow the game. As part of this programme in 2015 he launched the Inaugural Kyle Brown 7’s tournament at his alma mater, The South African College High School (SACS). The tournament is now in its second year and includes Under 14, 15 and 16 teams from hosts SACS, Diocesan College (Bishops), Rondebosch Boys’ High and Wynberg Boys’ High. The idea is to expand participation in future years. This year’s event once again promises to be highly entertaining for players and spectators alike. Kyle Brown himself will be there to ensure that the next generation of potential Springbok Sevens players excel and enjoy his event to the fullest.

“The objective of this tournament, and hopefully more like this in the future, is to expose young kids to the game of sevens. Get them to play in a competitive but enjoyable environment to explore their interest in the game,” said Brown.

For more information about this exciting tournament please visit: http://bit.ly/HussarGrillSACS7s

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For any additional information about the tournament or to get involved with Kyle Brown Sevens Rugby please email: info@kylebrown.co.za

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