The Free State rugby franchise, the Cheetahs, will fancy their chances of boosting their performance with the arrival of three players from the high-flying Springbok Sevens side, the Blitzboks.
The trio, Chris Dry, Cecil Africa and Rosco Specman, have agreed to stay with the orange and white side until the end of October this year and were spotted at the team’s training session on Monday.
Cecil Africa has an impressive record having been the Top point scorer for the 2010-11 International Rugby Board Sevens (IRB) World Series. He was part of the Blitzboks team that claimed bronze in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.
Africa is no stranger to the 15-a-side format of the game having turned out for the Griffons in 2011.
Chris Dry is a former Shimlas player having grown up in Bloemfontein and turning out for Grey College before he went to the University of the Free State (UFS). He also turned out for the Cheetahs in the 2010 Vodacom Cup campaign before establishing himself as a regular in the Blitzbok side.
Specman once played for the Cheetahs in the Beachcomber World Club 10’s in Mauritius where he proved to be a great team player.
Africa, Dry and Specman’s addition to the team is expected to improve the waning fortunes of a team that has not been able to transfer its Currie Cup success into the Super Rugby campaign.