De Allende keen on Blitzboks

Damian De Allende was named in a 34 man squad which the Blitzbok Olympic team will be picked from.

Damian de Allende. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stormers centre Damian De Allende says he is still keen to represent the Blitzboks this year but only if he is fit enough for the physically taxing code of rugby.

The Springbok returned after a long injury lay off against the Sunwolves on Friday, where he got 35 minutes on the park in his sides 46-19 win.

After a break out year last season which included a place in the Boks World Cup team, the 24-year-old was named in a 34 man squad which the Blitzbok Olympic team will be picked from.

De Allende says he has been in contact with the Sevens side, "I spoke to the coaches and Sevens management staff, so I think they still want me to play there and I would like to try it out."

He also is weary of joining the team if he does not feel fit enough, "I don't want to go there half-heartedly so I want to work on my fitness a bit more here and if I think I can compete in a Sevens tournament at that level of fitness and that level of skill, then I will give it a shot."

The centre is aware of the possible hazards of Sevens rugby, "If you not up to standard, I think you can get exposed very easily."

De Allende went onto say, "We will see how the next few weeks go, if all goes well then I think I have a chance of playing a tournament or two."

The Blitzboks have only three tournaments left in the World Series before the Olympics later this year with Singapore up this weekend.

Neil Powell's side are currently third in the overall standings behind New Zeeland and leaders Fiji after winning bronze in Hong Kong this past weekend.