Springbok Sevens lose star forward to injury

first_img11 April 2014With only two tournaments, in Glasgow and London, left on the HSBC World Series schedule, the Springbok Sevens team is in the running to lift the overall title. However, they are going to have to do it without star forward Chris Dry, who has been ruled out of the two events with a back injury.Dry injured his back in the Hong Kong Sevens, his 35th World Series tournament, at the end of March, and on Wednesday the South African Rugby Union confirmed that he would miss the forthcoming events.The Springbok Sevens’ medical team said Dry will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks. Depending on how his injury responds to treatment, he could possibly recover in time to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in July.Second in the standingsThe Blitzbokke head into the next round of the World Series in Glasgow in second place in the standings, with 129 points, just seven behind leaders, New Zealand.They have appeared in five finals this season already, with those appearances being consecutively, winning in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas and finishing runner-ups in Dubai, Wellington and Tokyo.Influential playmaker Cecil Afrika is also a doubtful starter for the final two tournaments after he suffered a groin strain in Hong Kong.He is currently busy with a rehabilitation programme at the team’s base in Stellenbosch, where the medical team is monitoring his recovery efforts closely.Positive newsThe two setbacks aside, there was also a good measure of positive news regarding the injury status of four other squad members.Regular captain Kyle Brown is on course to recover fully from the blow to the head and concussion he suffered against France in the opening match in Hong Kong, while Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and Phillip Snyman, who also picked up injuries, should all be fit and available for selection for the important trip to the United Kingdom.Squad announcementSpringbok Sevens’ coach Neil Powell will announce his 12-man squad on Wednesday, 23 April, two days before they fly out to Glasgow.The full training squad resumes its preparations in Stellenbosch on 14 April following a short break.South Africa finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2012/13 season, 39 points behind New Zealand. This season, the battle for first place is set to go down to the wire.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Gears Coming to Gmail and Google Calendar Soon

first_imgAccording to Andrew Fogg from kusiri, Google will start rolling out offline support for both Gmail and Google Calendar through Google Gears within the next six weeks. Google enabled offline access to Google Docs earlier this year, after they had already been using if for Google Reader for over a year. Fogg also found out that Google will start supporting SyncML for synchronizing contacts in Gmail around the same time.As Google is trying to push more of its products into small businesses and enterprises, having offline access to email and calendar functions is becoming an absolute necessity for Google. Even as mobile Internet access is becoming more ubiquitous every day, few business users would want to risk being caught in a situation where they don’t have access to their email or calendaring clients.Some of Google’s competitors such as Zimbra or Zoho are already offering some of these capabilities based on Google Gears. MySpace, too, is working on making its messaging platform available offline using Gears.As Alex Chitu from the Google Operating System blog observes, Google’s support for SyncML is also noteworthy. SyncML is an open standard for synchronizing information between different devices and, so far, has mostly been adopted by the mobile phone industry, with all the major companies such as Motorola, Nokia, Sony, LG, as well as IBM and Siemens supporting it in at least some of their products.The latest version of SyncML has added support for push email. According to Andrew Fogg, Google is using SyncML for synchronizing its contacts database with the iPhone, but in the long run, it is probably worth speculating if Google might also start pushing email to the iPhone (or any other phone for that matter), using the SyncML push technology. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more