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Namibia approaches Paul Treu

Mon, 21 October 2013 04:06
by Michael Uugwanga

The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) is in the process of introducing a Sevens league by mid next year and since approached former Springbok Sevens and World Cup winning coach Paul Treu to assist in the technical structuring.
This comes as Namibia hopes to qualify for the first ever Sevens participation at the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow 2014.
Confirmed NRU Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sybrand De Beer ; “We are still waiting from the International Rugby Board  (IRB) to inform us the qualifying criteria for the Commonwealth. Yes we approached him (Paul Treu) about the job so that he can help us with strategic plan although it will cost us lots of money.”
Paul Treu (42) has been head coach for the South African rugby sevens team from 2004 until June this year, where he led South Africa to IRB World Series title in 2008/09 and won 14 tournaments in all.
If hired, Treu will work close together with current sevens side coach Ronaldo Petro who won the 2010 IRB Nations cup.
If hired, Treu will become the second high profile South African after John Williams who coached the Welwitschias between 2009 and 2009.
De Beer said a seven-a-side mini  tournament  will be held at Hage Geingob stadium during the first weekend of November to assess sevens quality in Namibia.
“Here were we are going to identify players that we think will be interested in playing for future international tournaments. We are looking at introducing a seven-a-side league in the future because countries like Kenya they have their own seven-a-side league that’s why they are doing very well on international front,” said De Beer.