Brown surprised at IRB nomination

Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown has been nominated for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year.

Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown has told EWN Sport that his nomination for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year came as a big shock to him.

Brown missed out on the Blitzbokke's most recent tournament in Glasgow due to concussion, where the team disappointingly lost to Kenya in the semi-final of the plate competition.

South Africa are currently second on the overall standings - 19 points behind New Zealand - with this weekend's final round of the World Sevens Series taking place in London.

Brown - who is nominated alongside Tim Mikkelson from New Zealand, Tom Mitchell from England and Samisoni ViriViri of Fiji - says that it's merely recognition of the performance of the team as a whole.

"It's really exciting news, but it's one of those difficult things for me, because I'm not a huge fan of these individual awards. I've played in a team that has played so well together the whole season, and I wouldn't have been able to do anything without having the guys around me that fought as hard as they did through so many of the tournaments we played together."

Brown says they're desperate to put last week's disappointment in Glasgow behind them.

"We're very proud of what we've achieved this season. We had a slip-up last week, and it wasn't our best. There have been a few injury concerns over the last couple of weeks that have maybe hampered our performances. I'm just really proud of the guys; they've put everything into it."

Brown says that after a year that's seen a change in management team following Neil Powell's appointment as head coach - this season is testimony to just plain hard work.

"Anybody that's been around in Stellenbosch this year, or has been on the circuit to see how tough it is, will know exactly how well the guys have done. It's a huge credit to the management team, to everybody back in Stellenbosch, and particularly to the players on the field, for all the hard work they've put in."