Blitzbokke start Moscow challenge

Captain Kyle Brown says this tournament cannot be treated like a regular fixture on the series circuit.

Captain Kyle Brown says this tournament cannot be treated like a regular fixture on the series circuit.

CAPE TOWN - The Springbok Sevens team have arrived in Moscow ahead of the Sevens World Cup in the Russia.

The Blitzbokke's opening fixture is against the host country.

Captain Kyle Brown says this tournament cannot be treated like a regular fixture on the series circuit.

"It's very interesting. I think most guys got very used to some of the stops around the circuit, but this is very different. It's awesome to be in a new country that's interested in hosting a bit of rugby.

"We are used to the travel, so that is not really an issue. Some guys have had a good rest since the HSBC Sevens World Series finished, so it is just matter of adding the mental aspect to our game. We are pretty pleased to be here and look forward to doing well," Brown said.

The Blitzbokke arrive in Russia on the back of a relatively successful in-season.

They finished second on the overall log and delivered two stellar tournament successes late in the season.

Brown is well aware of the team's need to be ready for the more physical nature of the World Cup.

He says the team has taken a well earned break ahead of their title challenge.

"The most important thing for us is the immense preparation going into this weekend. We all know that the guys are going to be physically ready; they've come off a great season. They've rested quite nicely before the World Cup and I think they'll come in all guns blazing before the weekend."