Neil Powell

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Neil Powell said : "I was wondering after that Kenya game if the guys would be able to find each other during the tournament - as we progressed in the tournament they did and became a very tight team at the end," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the younger players did not play with the older guys before and they needed to find each other out there," "Someone like Kurt-Lee (Arendse) has not played with Ruhan (Nel) or Rosko (Specman) before, so that was always going to be a challenge. They pulled together as a team over these six games and I am very proud of their effort" External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Samoa was not bad at all and Australia impressed me as well. England also played very well towards the end and New Zealand was strong," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Coming to Dubai, it was not really about the outcome, but the process we needed to implement. We had a great effort out here and if we can repeat that, we can be successful in Cape Town again," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I was wondering after that Kenya game if the guys would be able to find each other during the tournament - as we progressed in the tournament they did and became a very tight team at the end," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the younger players did not play with the older guys before and they needed to find each other out there," "Someone like Kurt-Lee (Arendse) has not played with Ruhan (Nel) or Rosko (Specman) before, so that was always going to be a challenge. They pulled together as a team over these six games and I am very proud of their effort" External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Samoa was not bad at all and Australia impressed me as well. England also played very well towards the end and New Zealand was strong," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Coming to Dubai, it was not really about the outcome, but the process we needed to implement. We had a great effort out here and if we can repeat that, we can be successful in Cape Town again," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I was wondering after that Kenya game if the guys would be able to find each other during the tournament as we progressed in the tournament they did and became a very tight team at the end,” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Some of the younger players did not play with the older guys before and they needed to find each other out there,” “Someone like Kurt-Lee (Arendse) has not played with Ruhan (Nel) or Rosko (Specman) before, so that was always going to be a challenge. They pulled together as a team over these six games and I am very proud of their effort” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Coming to Dubai, it was not really about the outcome, but the process we needed to implement. We had a great effort out here and if we can repeat that, we can be successful in Cape Town again,” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Samoa was not bad at all and Australia impressed me as well. England also played very well towards the end and New Zealand was strong,” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “You cannot just show up and expect things to happen. If you don't respect the ball – and we didn't – you will give the ball to the opponents and credit to Kenya, who used that well,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, December 6, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “You cannot just show up and expect things to happen. If you don’t respect the ball – and we didn’t – you will give the ball to the opponents and credit to Kenya, who used that well,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, December 6, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Those guys have worked hard with us in the last couple of weeks to fit back into our systems. They have individual excellence, but it will be how they fit into the overall team structure that will determine their successful return or not. Our objectives for the weekend are quite simple – we want to build a good foundation, not only for next weekend, but for the remainder of the season. We want to do well and get the pointers on those things we are doing right” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We also played in a warm-up tournament, so a lot of things we wanted to do have happened – but the real test remains here in Dubai when the tournament and series start,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have the Olympics as an end goal, but everyone realises the here and now aspect of Dubai. The focus is here, and we are looking for the effort this weekend,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : “Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy,” “Everyone is fresh and keen to implement the things they worked on, and to give it all” External link

nation-ke Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 1, 2019 6:06:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy," External link

polandsun Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : “Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy,” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, December 1, 2019 12:56:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year," "We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament" External link

kenyastar Thursday, November 28, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : "Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that" External link

kenyastar Thursday, November 28, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that," "We can't promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive" External link

kenyastar Thursday, November 28, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year," "We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament" External link

irishsun Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : "Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that" External link

irishsun Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that," "We can't promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive" External link

irishsun Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year," "We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament" External link

news24 Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : "Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that" External link

news24 Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that," "We can't promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive" External link

news24 Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year,” “We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : “Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that,” “We can’t promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This was exactly what we wanted and needed," External link

polandsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was a pity Dylan could not get the same game time as the rest of the guys, but that is rugby," "We did pick up some niggles, but those are part of any tournament" External link

polandsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We were tested in many ways," External link

polandsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This was exactly what we wanted and needed," External link

irishsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was a pity Dylan could not get the same game time as the rest of the guys, but that is rugby," "We did pick up some niggles, but those are part of any tournament" External link

irishsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We were tested in many ways," External link

irishsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Indeed, this is the ideal and final opportunity for us to test where we are in our preparation before the serious business starts in Dubai and Cape Town in December," "We have worked on a couple of things and would like to implement that to see how it works for us in this competitive environment. It might work or not, but we will not know if we don't try that against top class opponents" External link

irishsun Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, it is important for them to get a good run this weekend," "They all trained well, but this will be a first tournament back for them, so it will be valuable just to get back onto the horse. This will not only give me an indication of where they are at the moment, but to the individuals themselves a proper and honest look on what they need to improve on" External link

irishsun Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "You can try things as much as you like on the training fields and things can work perfectly there, but you will only know how well it really works when you play in a match. So, we will not be scared to try out those as we know we will get results from it, whether good or bad," External link

irishsun Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are very happy to have these guys back; their quality is well-known, and they are also keen to lay down a marker," "From a squad perspective, it is important that we find each other quickly. Some of the players have not played sevens in a while, but their learning curve is such that they will adapt quickly. We have tweaked our style of play in areas, so they need to adapt to that as well" External link

irishsun Monday, October 21, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : "I played with him and then coached him and in both roles he excelled," "It was never about himself and our system benefited tremendously from having someone of Philip's calibre as a leader and as a player, always available and willing to contribute, often at his own expense. He drove and lived our culture and this team and many players in it are better people because of that" External link

irishsun Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : "Philip was a big supporter of developing a leadership group in the squad and mentoring and helping those identified as future leaders and both of us are comfortable knowing that we expanded that leadership base to the benefit of the squad," External link

irishsun Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “There were different types of behaviour, from pawing to barking or following their owner everywhere, to staring at them intently and remaining with them during the seizure. A lot of them licked their owners’ faces quite a lot,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We came here to work on our structure and game plan and although we won the final, it's still early days in our season and we're not yet where we want to be. Nevertheless, it was a great effort from the boys out there today," "It's never easy against Fiji. If you give them possession and you allow them to play, they will punish you. It's always tight against them, and there is usually only two to five points in it - today was no different and I think it was an amazing final" External link

allafrica Monday, September 30, 2019 2:05:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "We would not want it any other way," External link

polandsun Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "We would not want it any other way," External link

irishsun Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have guys coming back from injury‚ we have some experienced campaigners and we have some young guys keen to make their mark and could be stars in the future‚” External link

businessday Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We have guys coming back from injury, we have some experienced campaigners and we have some young guys keen to make their mark and could be stars in the future," External link

irishsun Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "That's not been something easily fixed and, because it's the Le Mans race this weekend, it seems pretty much every coach in France has been booked. " External link

edp24 Monday, June 17, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Kyle Brown ) : “I was privileged enough to play with Kyle and later coach him and in both roles, he remained a gentleman, a friend and a player who cares deeply for the Blitzboks,” “Few people realise how hard he had to work to get back into contention after two consecutive knee operations. He showed tremendous guts and determination to regain his competitive edge following those injuries, and did so with such a positive mindset that it enhanced the Blitzboks on the world stage” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I was very happy about the way we played against Samoa‚ the guys really pitched up for that one‚” External link

businessday Monday, June 3, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is all about our standards," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is a good opportunity for us to play them again, to see where we are as a team and if we learned from those errors made against them," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I want to give some of the guys who did not start a match yet, such as Sako (Makata) a chance to do so, while JC (Pretorius) is coming off an injury and could do with some game time. Also expect to see Muller (du Plessis) getting a run at centre for example," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the guys gave played in all nine tournaments to far, others have played six in a row and everyone is not necessarily on the same page mentally," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is all about our standards," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is a good opportunity for us to play them again, to see where we are as a team and if we learned from those errors made against them," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I want to give some of the guys who did not start a match yet, such as Sako (Makata) a chance to do so, while JC (Pretorius) is coming off an injury and could do with some game time. Also expect to see Muller (du Plessis) getting a run at centre for example," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the guys gave played in all nine tournaments to far, others have played six in a row and everyone is not necessarily on the same page mentally," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We needed their arrival to bring that energy, as we are hard on ourselves and a bit down following London," "They came smiling and believing, so we are all back to deliver a determined effort" External link

kenyastar Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, both our injured players play in the same position, with Stedman covering for us at flyhalf as well, so it was a bit of a problem," "I am happy to be able to bring someone with Cecil's experience into the team, while Mfundo has shown in the past that he can play at this level. This is also a great opportunity for him to gain more experience. He was probably a bit unlucky to miss out in selection in the first place" External link

kenyastar Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We still want to do well and end the season on a high, but to qualify with one tournament to go has given us a bit of leeway," "We want to start some of the guys who did not do so in the past and experiment with one or two players in a position where we could see them perform in future" External link

kenyastar Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, both our injured players play in the same position, with Stedman covering for us at flyhalf as well, so it was a bit of a problem," "I am happy to be able to bring someone with Cecil's experience into the team, while Mfundo has shown in the past that he can play at this level. This is also a great opportunity for him to gain more experience. He was probably a bit unlucky to miss out in selection in the first place" External link

irishsun Monday, May 27, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We still want to do well and end the season on a high, but to qualify with one tournament to go has given us a bit of leeway," "We want to start some of the guys who did not do so in the past and experiment with one or two players in a position where we could see them perform in future" External link

irishsun Monday, May 27, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “One of our main aims at the start of the season was to make sure we qualify in the top four in order to get that automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games‚” “We ticked that box and we are grateful and pleased with that. It does ease the disappointment of our performances here on the second day a bit. Our match against Australia was probably our worst all season as we simply didn’t play near the standard we are capable of playing” External link

businessday Monday, May 27, 2019 7:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Maybe we had it too easy on the first day‚” “The younger players need to learn that you cannot bank on good performances on day one and then not show up the next. We were just not good enough in that match and that was very disappointing” External link

businessday Monday, May 27, 2019 7:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “One of our main aims at the start of the season was to make sure we qualify in the top four in order to get that automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” “We ticked that box and we are grateful and pleased with that. It does ease the disappointment of our performances here on the second day a bit. Our match against Australia was probably our worst all season as we simply didn’t play near to what we are capable of and supposed to” External link

citizen Monday, May 27, 2019 2:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One of our main aims at the start of the season was to make sure we qualify in the top four in order to get that automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," "We ticked that box and we are grateful and pleased with that. It does ease the disappointment of our performances here on the second day a bit. Our match against Australia was probably our worst all season as we simply didn't play near to what we are capable of and supposed to" External link

irishsun Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "We had a full squad to select from for a change, with a whole lot of players coming back from injury and available for selection. The fact that the squad won in Singapore was also a factor, as we wanted to reward those players as well," "One of our objectives for the year was to expand our depth with younger players, many of whom have now forced their way into the team. It is an exciting squad and with qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games a strong possibility, there is real motivation to finish the season well" External link

irishsun Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : "It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well" External link

polandsun Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : “It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well” External link

news24 Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : "It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well" External link

longbeachstar Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : "It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well" External link

irishsun Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : “In my view, the success of Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and the YBAs would not have been possible without Caro shifting the entire compass of British art in the 20th Century” External link

edp24 Monday, April 29, 2019 7:03:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was tough this week, the guys were down after the disappointing show there. Their comeback makes me very proud," External link

irishsun Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It was tough this week, the guys were down after the disappointing show there. Their comeback makes me very proud,” External link

news24 Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is a tough one, getting that balance right," "We have seen in the past, teams are up and down come Singapore and there are reasons for that. We stepped off the gas a bit in training this week, due to the heat, and also had the guys chat more on what we want to achieve out there this weekend" External link

irishsun Friday, April 12, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, I had a chat to see where we can make their jobs easier and it was productive to hear things from their perspective on where we went wrong. Amongst ourselves, we also had to chat about the attacking opportunities we created, but failed to convert into points," External link

irishsun Friday, April 12, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "They had to take a bit more ownership off the field this time," "It was pleasing to see that they got stuck in when told to do more analysing than usual and to present plans on attack, breakdowns and defence. This time they were doing the presentation, not sitting there and just listening to one" External link

irishsun Friday, April 12, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can’t repeat that effort a week later‚” “The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong‚ and we are looking forward to doing so next week” External link

businessday Sunday, April 7, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can't repeat that effort a week later," "The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong, and we are looking forward to doing so next week" External link

polandsun Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can’t repeat that effort a week later,” “The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong, and we are looking forward to doing so next week” External link

news24 Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can't repeat that effort a week later," "The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong, and we are looking forward to doing so next week" External link

irishsun Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “They need to understand their roles and responsibilities in the team‚ so we did focus a bit on that‚” “The most pleasing aspect about the win last time was the development of individual players into the team environment and the development of the team in executing our processes. If we can continue making progress in that regard I will be a happy coach” External link

businessday Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Pacific Islander ) : “We played them in Las Vegas early last month and won 26-0‚ but they had us under pressure at times‚” “They use the rush defence well and I see they have some guys from Pacific Islander origin that played for them in the past‚ back in the team” External link

businessday Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "There are a couple of changes and a total of four new players from the Vancouver tournament and that considered, I am happy with the way things went," External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "That win will not mean anything here in Hong Kong," "It did help with the belief and was good reward for the work done up to that point. It gave the squad some momentum. We start afresh here in Hong Kong though and all focus will be on delivering a performance we can be proud of in our first match against Japan" External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Pacific Islander ) : "We played them in Las Vegas early last month and won 26-0, but they had us under pressure at times," "They use the rush defence well and I see they have some guys from Pacific Islander origin that played for them in the past, back in the team" External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "They need to understand their roles and responsibilities in the team, so we did focus a bit on that," "The most pleasing aspect about the win last time was the development of individual players into the team environment and the development of the team in executing our processes. If we can continue making progress in that regard I will be a happy coach" External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "In the ideal world the same squad would have travelled to Hong Kong, but we had to replace three players due to injury," External link

irishsun Wednesday, March 27, 2019 5:50:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “One could feel the team was getting together and bonding‚” External link

businessday Monday, March 11, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One could feel the team was getting together and bonding," External link

polandsun Monday, March 11, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One could feel the team was getting together and bonding," External link

news24 Monday, March 11, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One could feel the team was getting together and bonding," External link

irishsun Monday, March 11, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played well today and it was probably our best performance on the opening day of a tournament since the series started I think it was the first time where we won all three our pool matches,” “The guys really looked out well for one another, especially on defence. We stuck to our processes and it worked, but where we did not do so, the squad had each other's back and that was pretty pleasing” External link

news24 Sunday, March 10, 2019 1:44:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “They gave it all out there and I am pleased with the effort‚” “We made some errors on attack‚ but I told the guys before the match that we should finish it knowing we executed and gave our all. It was a bit frustrating that we could not quite get the first one right. Our decision making was lacking a bit in the final minutes” External link

businessday Monday, March 4, 2019 10:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The main focus still remains Olympic qualification with a top four finish‚ so we have to improve all the time‚” External link

businessday Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had to tough that one out and that was good. We defended much better and it felt a bit like the old days where teams really had to work hard to get a try against us‚” “From a wider perspective‚ there were no serious injuries and players such as JC and Impi got good tournament time under the belt” External link

businessday Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The main focus still remains Olympic qualification with a top four finish, so we have to improve all the time," External link

irishsun Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The main focus still remains Olympic qualification with a top four finish, so we have to improve all the time,” External link

news24 Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly‚” External link

businessday Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played very well in the second half against the Samoans‚” “They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second‚ we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours” External link

businessday Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly,” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played very well in the second half against the Samoans,” “They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly," External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We played very well in the second half against the Samoans," "They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours" External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly," External link

kenyastar Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We played very well in the second half against the Samoans," "They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours" External link

kenyastar Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly," External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We played very well in the second half against the Samoans," "They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours" External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly,” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played very well in the second half against the Samoans,” “They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," External link

kenyastar Saturday, January 26, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," External link

kenyastar Saturday, January 26, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," External link

polandsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," External link

polandsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," External link

irishsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," External link

irishsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

polandsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

polandsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

irishsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

irishsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

kenyastar Friday, January 25, 2019 8:47:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

kenyastar Friday, January 25, 2019 8:47:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

news24 Friday, January 25, 2019 8:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

news24 Friday, January 25, 2019 8:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a slower start than usual to the season, so the next two tournaments will be important for us to keep on improving on our performance," External link

irishsun Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Chris Stedman ) : "I am pleased to have Chris back as he will contribute valuable experience and leadership to the squad. He worked really hard to get back in the team and to be able to play at the required level. His determination is commendable and will add to the resilience of the squad, no doubt" External link

irishsun Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a slower start than usual to the season, so the next two tournaments will be important for us to keep on improving on our performance," External link

news24 Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Chris Stedman ) : "I am pleased to have Chris back as he will contribute valuable experience and leadership to the squad. He worked really hard to get back in the team and to be able to play at the required level. His determination is commendable and will add to the resilience of the squad, no doubt" External link

news24 Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Excellent workers. I'd like to keep the same employees on the same contracts," External link

naharnet-en Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I was pleased with the performances against Scotland and Fiji‚ our last two matches last Saturday‚ and I saw more of that fluency and urgency in training as well this week‚” “Knowing the players‚ they will all be desperate to correct last weekend’s disappointments and they get a chance to redeem themselves this week” External link

businessday Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:56:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have learned lessons from last weekend‚ but that is also true for the other teams in the tournament‚” “Everybody knows a little more of each other than was the case last week‚ so it will be tougher to break down defences‚ no doubt. That said‚ we know we can only improve from last week and that is a nice prospect” External link

businessday Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:56:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It's in an assisting role if I can ... if they feel that I can contribute to where they're going. It's just an assisting role," External link

news24 Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “All the players would love to play in their only home tournament on the circuit, so the result at the Dubai Sevens made it easy for me to pick the team,” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:20:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We needed to fine-tune a couple of things that we did not execute well in Dubai,” “This we did that and still have two training sessions left this week, so we have to ensure the players are mentally ready for the big event” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:20:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Each one has its unique circumstances and effort, so this is really pleasing for me as a coach and for us as a group. We had a number of players who played fifteens during our off season and they joined us late, but I was very impressed with the way they got back into the sevens groove and culture. It helps to have a solid sevens foundation," "Credit to the players, they picked themselves up mentally. We did make some defensive errors, so there is work to be done if we want to be successful in Cape Town. But overall very happy. We will enjoy this win and then start focussing on next weekend once we arrive back in South Africa" External link

news24 Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell indicated : "We were sloppy against Uganda in the opener, then played much better against Kenya and conceded no points against Canada in the final pool match. We improved as we progressed, but overall it was a day with mixed emotions," "It is a given that that we need to step up from the first game to the next and credit to the guys, they did that, something that makes me proud. It was not easy out there, but we kept on improving and I cannot ask for much more" External link

news24 Friday, December 1, 2017 10:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We need to step up. Samoa showed they are a team progressing all the time and we have to pitch up with our best effort. If not, we will not be defending our title," External link

news24 Friday, December 1, 2017 10:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "There are a lot of discussions taking place at this stage regarding Springbok XVs," External link

news24 Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:17:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Kyle and Justin are key members of the squad and they have worked incredibly hard to get back to match fitness and this tournament is the ideal way for them to get some matches under the belt and get their sharpness back," External link

news24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are a bit short on midfielders in the squad with a number of players still with the WP Currie Cup squad, so Michael gets an opportunity to show his worth. He has been on our radar, so will have a good chance to impress," "The likes of Chris and Rosko will also get game time, as they need to get back into sevens mode, while I am also keen to see a number of the younger guys in action" External link

news24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I played with 'Dippies' and later coached him and our relationship never changed because of that," External link

news24 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It does not matter who you play, to be honest," "Every match is a tough one and we will have to be at our very best from the start to beat the other teams in Pool A. The standards of all teams have improved and there are no easy games out there" External link

news24 Friday, October 13, 2017 6:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It’s all about maintaining our own high standards now‚” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The players deserve credit for coming in and playing their own type of game‚ instead of trying to the like the players they replaced‚” “It still feels a bit unreal that we are doing so well‚ but it’s credit to the system and the way the squad is like a family on and off the field. "They are amazing human beings” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This will be a massive match for us as the USA will be pumped by the big crowd and their desire to win their first home tournament," External link

irishsun Monday, March 6, 2017 3:30:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The USA team is packed with game breakers and with the support from the locals will be a tough opponent. We did not come here to lose though, so will have to be at our best for that one if we want to play in the final later," External link

irishsun Monday, March 6, 2017 3:30:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We are aiming among other things to maintain those‚ because if we do‚ it will deliver a good result‚” “We have lost the likes of Kwagga and Seabelo‚ but if the new guys can step in without disrupting our rhythm‚ we should be okay. They know what their roles are and I have faith in their abilities” External link

thetimes-za Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:39:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy where we are with our preparations and will take it slow at the beginning," "The turn-around between the tournaments is quite short and the guys do pick up bumps and bruises, but I am happy with the squad's fitness. There is still one or two things we need to work on, but I am happy that we have enough time to sort out those small margins" External link

afp-en Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:30:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Growing up he was one of my childhood heroes," External link

news24 Friday, February 10, 2017 10:28:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "That was my first win as a Blitzbok and this is my first here as a coach, so it is pleasing, especially as we came so close last year. I will remember the win, but also because of the tremendous character showed by the team," External link

news24 Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Japan showed at the Olympics that they can deliver on the big day when they beat New Zealand, so we dare not underestimate them,” External link

news24 Friday, January 27, 2017 6:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have started well by winning in Dubai and making the final in Cape Town, but we need to get back to that form after the break we had. For that reason, we need to start well when we play Japan,” External link

news24 Friday, January 27, 2017 6:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Japan showed at the Olympics that they can deliver on the big day when they beat New Zealand‚ so we dare not underestimate them‚” External link

thetimes-za Friday, January 27, 2017 2:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Happy ... better than last year. We would have loved to end the year with a win and give the fans a bit of a Christmas present, but it's not always a fairy tale ... it wasn't to be," "That's part of the disappointment ... the people that came out to support us and the way they supported us ... we would have loved to give them a win" External link

news24 Monday, December 12, 2016 12:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We must give credit to a guy like Allan Temple-Jones, our conditioning guy, who gets the guys' strength up and gets them to be one of the fittest teams on the circuit," "He's been in the system for nine years already and he knows what it takes to get the guys ready for a long season" External link

news24 Monday, December 12, 2016 12:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us," "We have a number of quick steppers in our team and our opponents are trying to stop that. So it could have been better, but I am pleased that we topped the pool. That is always our first aim on Day One" External link

allafrica Monday, December 12, 2016 12:25:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us,” “We have a number of quick steppers in our team and our opponents are trying to stop that. So it could have been better, but I am pleased that we topped the pool. That is always our first aim on Day One” External link

news24 Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us," "We have a number of quick steppers in our team and our opponents are trying to stop that. So it could have been better, but I am pleased that we topped the pool" External link

afp-en Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:20:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Yes, they are going to play in Wellington and Sydney. I think they had their information a bit wrong. We have them available for the first four tournaments every year, that is the understanding we have. So they will be available for Wellington and Sydney, and then return to their franchises for the rest of the season,” External link

the-star Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:46:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It’s important to have a mental foundation, to see exactly where our confidence comes from, and gain self-confidence from that. The guys turned that defeat to Kenya around and did well to beat England. What we are trying this year is to give the players a bit more responsibility, so Allan (Temple-Jones, team biokineticist) and I are not in their faces as much,” “We will keep the same starting line-up probably for the first game, but it’s not guaranteed that those will be the guys on form. So there might be changes during the first three games, depending on the form of the players and the energy that they bring, but if we feel that the starting line-up gives us the momentum and energy that we are looking for, then it will probably be the same team for the whole tournament” External link

the-star Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:46:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We can't come into this tournament and think we can just start where we left in Dubai," External link

afp-en Friday, December 9, 2016 4:05:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Definitely the best performance of the weekend. Yesterday we were still trying to find our feet and getting a bit of the rustiness of the off-season off us. Definitely the best performance for us out there, especially in defence - the guys really stuck to their roles and responsibilities within that defensive system,” External link

the-star Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Happy with the results on day one, and that we achieved our goals of topping our pool. But still one or two errors, especially in the defensive system, that we need to look at and need to correct before we go into that first game tomorrow morning,” External link

the-star Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:05:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Last year we started introducing some established fifteens guys into our structure as we looked at finding the right combinations for the Olympic Games," "This time around, we arrived with a squad full of sevens regulars. In fact, four of the five most experience players ever in the Blitzbok shirt are here in Dubai, so a lack of experience will definitely not be an issue" External link

allafrica Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I don't have to point to the Scotland match (at 11:06) at all, we all know what happened in our previous clash and us losing the London Sevens after the final buzzer," External link

allafrica Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Emirates Dubai ) : “Last year we started introducing some established fifteens guys into our structure as we looked at finding the right combinations for the Olympic Games,” “This time around, we arrived with a squad full of sevens regulars. In fact, four of the five most experienced players ever in the Blitzbok shirt are here in Dubai, so a lack of experience will definitely not be an issue” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have some solid performers that has done well at this level. Cecil Afrika (2011), Werner Kok (2015) and Seabelo Senatla (2016) were named World Sevens Players of the Year in the past and all three are looking very sharp in training,” “Kyle Brown and Chris Dry have played for us more than 50 times and our new captain, Philip Snyman, is getting close to the 40 tournament mark already. All that experience and talent will count for nothing though if we do not bring our best effort to the field. We are facing Uganda, Scotland and the USA in what will be a very tough pool” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “This tournament has been good to South Africa in the past and we have won here before. The support we normally get from the huge group of South African fans is no doubt worth an extra player,” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I don't have to point to the Scotland match (at 11h06) at all, we all know what happened in our previous clash and us losing the London Sevens after the final buzzer,” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Dylan has played as a forward for us before and did very well there in our recent warm-up tournament in Namibia, so I am very happy to name him in the front line," "He might not be the most experienced in that position, but we have a number of stalwarts in the pack. Kyle, Philip and Chris are some of the most experienced players ever in our squad, so I am pretty confident that they will guide Dylan through any potential potholes" External link

allafrica Friday, November 25, 2016 6:36:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "No doubt, we will be one of the most experienced sides in Dubai," "This group of players have won a couple of tournaments in the past, but as we realised at the end of the previous season in our final against Scotland, you cannot relax for one second. So experience only really counts when you combine that with faith in your structures and your best effort on the day" External link

allafrica Friday, November 25, 2016 6:36:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Dylan has played as a forward for us before and did very well there in our recent warm-up tournament in Namibia, so I am very happy to name him in the front-line,” External link

the-star Friday, November 25, 2016 6:33:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We won’t use the fifteens players this season and we’ve decided to get some youngsters in that we think will take us to the 2020 Olympics,” “The first goal will be to win the world series and the second will be to develop some players. We’ll be allowed to take 13 players on tour this season so for the first two tournaments we’ll select the strongest team possible and from there on see if we can take one or two youngsters to give them exposure and get them ready for the future” External link

the-star Friday, November 25, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The plans are in place to get the youngsters in, develop them and try to get players to replace the guys who won’t make it to the Olympics in 2020,” External link

the-star Friday, November 25, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : “We already had a strong leadership group in the squad and Philip is a natural leader of men, so it was an easy choice. He will do well, I have no doubt,” External link

the-star Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:24:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : "We already had a strong leadership group in the squad and Philip is a natural leader of men, so it was an easy choice. He will do well, I have no doubt," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Kyle Brown ) : "Kyle always put the team before himself and this is another example of that," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It is a pity indeed, as Tim has played in every tournament since his debut in the Sydney Sevens in February,” External link

the-star Monday, November 21, 2016 6:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Nothing beat real matches, so this was important for us to get game time under the belt. It was very good playing Kenya twice in one day, as they are the type of opposition we will face during the series," "We had a couple of boxes ticked, no doubt, and also were caught short on others. It was a good exercise for us and I think we have learned a lot about where we are now at this stage of the season" External link

allafrica Monday, November 14, 2016 10:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Nothing beat real matches, so this was important for us to get game time under the belt. It was very good playing Kenya twice in one day, as they are the type of opposition we will face during the series," "We had a couple of boxes ticked, no doubt, and also were caught short on others. It was a good exercise for us and I think we have learned a lot about where we are now at this stage of the season" External link

allafrica Monday, November 14, 2016 12:48:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Nothing beat real matches, so this was important for us to get game time under the belt. It was very good playing Kenya twice in one day, as they are the type of opposition we will face during the series," "We had a couple of boxes ticked, no doubt, and also were caught short on others. It was a good exercise for us and I think we have learned a lot about where we are now at this stage of the season" External link

allafrica Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:07:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are hoping that Kwagga can still join us at the tournament, as he is in need of some sevens action," External link

allafrica Monday, November 7, 2016 1:22:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Werner Kok ) : "It is less than four weeks before the 2016/17 series kick-off in Dubai, so this tournament will be an important warm-up for us. We have not played since the Olympics and guys such as Werner Kok and Siviwe Soyizwapi have played fifteens as well. So it will be a good hit-out for us to get our act together before the opening tournament in Dubai," External link

allafrica Monday, November 7, 2016 1:22:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are hoping that Kwagga can still join us at the tournament, as he is in need of some sevens action," External link

allafrica Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Werner Kok ) : "It is less than four weeks before the 2016/17 series kick-off in Dubai, so this tournament will be an important warm-up for us. We have not played since the Olympics and guys such as Werner Kok and Siviwe Soyizwapi have played fifteens as well. So it will be a good hit-out for us to get our act together before the opening tournament in Dubai," External link

allafrica Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are hoping that Kwagga can still join us at the tournament, as he is in need of some sevens action," External link

allafrica Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Werner Kok ) : "It is less than four weeks before the 2016/17 series kick-off in Dubai, so this tournament will be an important warm-up for us. We have not played since the Olympics and guys such as Werner Kok and Siviwe Soyizwapi have played fifteens as well. So it will be a good hit-out for us to get our act together before the opening tournament in Dubai," External link

allafrica Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some [respondents] have described their dogs barking agitatedly, staring intensely, trembling or pacing restlessly. " External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I'm happy that we came out of that last game with at least something, but my heart is aching for the boys," External link

news24 Friday, August 12, 2016 9:04:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It's probably the first game of the whole tournament that they played with freedom and they played what was in front of them," "We try to create an environment for them where they can get out their boxes and throw their passes around" External link

news24 Friday, August 12, 2016 9:04:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I am happy in the way we came back and played because in a knock-out match‚ anything is possible and Australia is a quality outfit‚” External link

thetimes-za Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We like to play off turnovers. We've got players in the backline who expose the spaces when we do get turnovers," External link

news24 Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:01:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It is an exciting time for the Rugby Sevens team here in Rio. We have been here for a week or so and are ready and keen to get underway,” External link

news24 Monday, August 8, 2016 9:05:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We need to get out of the blocks well against Spain in that first match and once that is done‚ France will be waiting‚" External link

bdlive Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home‚ but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio‚" "We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here made the preparations a bit more difficult" External link

bdlive Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio," "I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this, everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge" External link

thetimes-za Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:33:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio‚” “I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this‚ everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge though and we have a great group of guys here to embrace that” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We need to get out of the blocks well against Spain in that first match and once that is done‚ France will be waiting‚” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home‚ but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio‚” “We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here made the preparations a bit more difficult. "We will now have enough time to acclimatise and to get used to the local conditions” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio,” “I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this, everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge though and we have a great group of guys here to embrace that” External link

news24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : “We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home, but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio. We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here made the preparations a bit more difficult. We will now have enough time to acclimatise and to get used to the local conditions,” External link

news24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was really tough finalising the 12-man squad presented to Sascoc (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee)," External link

bdlive Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:04:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It was really tough finalising the 12-man squad presented to SASCOC‚” External link

thetimes-za Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "doesn't necessarily mean they will see losses on their loans or deposit flight at their U.S. branches," External link

usaToday Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "sees another dramatic decline and remains down relative to the U.S. dollar," External link

usaToday Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Richie Gray ) : "Richie has been killing the guys in training‚" External link

bdlive Friday, July 1, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We’re trying to get him back again before the Olympics or even get him down for a few days in Rio before the tournament‚" "But nothing is set in stone yet because he has some other commitments as well" External link

bdlive Friday, July 1, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We needed competitive matches at this stage of our preparation and hopefully this is exactly what we will get‚" "You can train as hard and as much as you like‚ but nothing beats the real time of matches. Your decision-making‚ fitness and overall skills come to the fore in a match and those are some of the elements I am looking for this weekend" External link

bdlive Friday, July 1, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Bryan Habana ) : “Bryan is keen to be part of the group, but understands that his initial absence could count against him when I make my final selection,” “I accept his contractual commitments with Toulon, but also recognize his willingness to contest and contribute to the final squad, whether he makes it or not” External link

news24 Friday, June 17, 2016 11:55:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I feel for those who did not make the squad, but was impressed by their support to the rest of the guys,” External link

news24 Friday, June 17, 2016 11:55:00 AM EAT



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Neil Powell said : "I was wondering after that Kenya game if the guys would be able to find each other during the tournament - as we progressed in the tournament they did and became a very tight team at the end," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the younger players did not play with the older guys before and they needed to find each other out there," "Someone like Kurt-Lee (Arendse) has not played with Ruhan (Nel) or Rosko (Specman) before, so that was always going to be a challenge. They pulled together as a team over these six games and I am very proud of their effort" External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Samoa was not bad at all and Australia impressed me as well. England also played very well towards the end and New Zealand was strong," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Coming to Dubai, it was not really about the outcome, but the process we needed to implement. We had a great effort out here and if we can repeat that, we can be successful in Cape Town again," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I was wondering after that Kenya game if the guys would be able to find each other during the tournament - as we progressed in the tournament they did and became a very tight team at the end," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the younger players did not play with the older guys before and they needed to find each other out there," "Someone like Kurt-Lee (Arendse) has not played with Ruhan (Nel) or Rosko (Specman) before, so that was always going to be a challenge. They pulled together as a team over these six games and I am very proud of their effort" External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Samoa was not bad at all and Australia impressed me as well. England also played very well towards the end and New Zealand was strong," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Coming to Dubai, it was not really about the outcome, but the process we needed to implement. We had a great effort out here and if we can repeat that, we can be successful in Cape Town again," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I was wondering after that Kenya game if the guys would be able to find each other during the tournament as we progressed in the tournament they did and became a very tight team at the end,” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Some of the younger players did not play with the older guys before and they needed to find each other out there,” “Someone like Kurt-Lee (Arendse) has not played with Ruhan (Nel) or Rosko (Specman) before, so that was always going to be a challenge. They pulled together as a team over these six games and I am very proud of their effort” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Coming to Dubai, it was not really about the outcome, but the process we needed to implement. We had a great effort out here and if we can repeat that, we can be successful in Cape Town again,” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Samoa was not bad at all and Australia impressed me as well. England also played very well towards the end and New Zealand was strong,” External link

news24 Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:16:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “You cannot just show up and expect things to happen. If you don't respect the ball – and we didn't – you will give the ball to the opponents and credit to Kenya, who used that well,” External link

AfricaNews-English Friday, December 6, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “You cannot just show up and expect things to happen. If you don’t respect the ball – and we didn’t – you will give the ball to the opponents and credit to Kenya, who used that well,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, December 6, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Those guys have worked hard with us in the last couple of weeks to fit back into our systems. They have individual excellence, but it will be how they fit into the overall team structure that will determine their successful return or not. Our objectives for the weekend are quite simple – we want to build a good foundation, not only for next weekend, but for the remainder of the season. We want to do well and get the pointers on those things we are doing right” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We also played in a warm-up tournament, so a lot of things we wanted to do have happened – but the real test remains here in Dubai when the tournament and series start,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have the Olympics as an end goal, but everyone realises the here and now aspect of Dubai. The focus is here, and we are looking for the effort this weekend,” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : “Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy,” “Everyone is fresh and keen to implement the things they worked on, and to give it all” External link

nation-ke Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy," External link

kenyastar Sunday, December 1, 2019 6:06:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy," External link

irishsun Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy," External link

polandsun Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : “Everyone in the squad will get the opportunity in the series, and what they do with that will be crucial for them. These four players will move on to fifteens after the two legs, but that was not why they were included. They showed the desire and form to be here and that made selecting them easy,” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, December 1, 2019 12:56:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year," "We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament" External link

kenyastar Thursday, November 28, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : "Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that" External link

kenyastar Thursday, November 28, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that," "We can't promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive" External link

kenyastar Thursday, November 28, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year," "We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament" External link

irishsun Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : "Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that" External link

irishsun Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that," "We can't promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive" External link

irishsun Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year," "We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament" External link

news24 Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : "Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that" External link

news24 Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that," "We can't promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive" External link

news24 Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year,” “We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell adding : “Those results were good for us, because it removed any complacency we might have had. The margins between the teams in the World Series are so small that one bad game will punish you. We will be very aware of that” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a poor start in Dubai last year and it took us a while to recover from that,” “We can’t promise anything this time around, but I am pretty sure the effort will be there and if that is the case, we will be very competitive” External link

AfricaNews-English Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This was exactly what we wanted and needed," External link

polandsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was a pity Dylan could not get the same game time as the rest of the guys, but that is rugby," "We did pick up some niggles, but those are part of any tournament" External link

polandsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We were tested in many ways," External link

polandsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This was exactly what we wanted and needed," External link

irishsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was a pity Dylan could not get the same game time as the rest of the guys, but that is rugby," "We did pick up some niggles, but those are part of any tournament" External link

irishsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We were tested in many ways," External link

irishsun Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Indeed, this is the ideal and final opportunity for us to test where we are in our preparation before the serious business starts in Dubai and Cape Town in December," "We have worked on a couple of things and would like to implement that to see how it works for us in this competitive environment. It might work or not, but we will not know if we don't try that against top class opponents" External link

irishsun Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, it is important for them to get a good run this weekend," "They all trained well, but this will be a first tournament back for them, so it will be valuable just to get back onto the horse. This will not only give me an indication of where they are at the moment, but to the individuals themselves a proper and honest look on what they need to improve on" External link

irishsun Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "You can try things as much as you like on the training fields and things can work perfectly there, but you will only know how well it really works when you play in a match. So, we will not be scared to try out those as we know we will get results from it, whether good or bad," External link

irishsun Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are very happy to have these guys back; their quality is well-known, and they are also keen to lay down a marker," "From a squad perspective, it is important that we find each other quickly. Some of the players have not played sevens in a while, but their learning curve is such that they will adapt quickly. We have tweaked our style of play in areas, so they need to adapt to that as well" External link

irishsun Monday, October 21, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : "I played with him and then coached him and in both roles he excelled," "It was never about himself and our system benefited tremendously from having someone of Philip's calibre as a leader and as a player, always available and willing to contribute, often at his own expense. He drove and lived our culture and this team and many players in it are better people because of that" External link

irishsun Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : "Philip was a big supporter of developing a leadership group in the squad and mentoring and helping those identified as future leaders and both of us are comfortable knowing that we expanded that leadership base to the benefit of the squad," External link

irishsun Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “There were different types of behaviour, from pawing to barking or following their owner everywhere, to staring at them intently and remaining with them during the seizure. A lot of them licked their owners’ faces quite a lot,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We came here to work on our structure and game plan and although we won the final, it's still early days in our season and we're not yet where we want to be. Nevertheless, it was a great effort from the boys out there today," "It's never easy against Fiji. If you give them possession and you allow them to play, they will punish you. It's always tight against them, and there is usually only two to five points in it - today was no different and I think it was an amazing final" External link

allafrica Monday, September 30, 2019 2:05:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "We would not want it any other way," External link

polandsun Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "We would not want it any other way," External link

irishsun Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have guys coming back from injury‚ we have some experienced campaigners and we have some young guys keen to make their mark and could be stars in the future‚” External link

businessday Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:27:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We have guys coming back from injury, we have some experienced campaigners and we have some young guys keen to make their mark and could be stars in the future," External link

irishsun Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "That's not been something easily fixed and, because it's the Le Mans race this weekend, it seems pretty much every coach in France has been booked. " External link

edp24 Monday, June 17, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Kyle Brown ) : “I was privileged enough to play with Kyle and later coach him and in both roles, he remained a gentleman, a friend and a player who cares deeply for the Blitzboks,” “Few people realise how hard he had to work to get back into contention after two consecutive knee operations. He showed tremendous guts and determination to regain his competitive edge following those injuries, and did so with such a positive mindset that it enhanced the Blitzboks on the world stage” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:47:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I was very happy about the way we played against Samoa‚ the guys really pitched up for that one‚” External link

businessday Monday, June 3, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is all about our standards," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is a good opportunity for us to play them again, to see where we are as a team and if we learned from those errors made against them," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I want to give some of the guys who did not start a match yet, such as Sako (Makata) a chance to do so, while JC (Pretorius) is coming off an injury and could do with some game time. Also expect to see Muller (du Plessis) getting a run at centre for example," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the guys gave played in all nine tournaments to far, others have played six in a row and everyone is not necessarily on the same page mentally," External link

kenyastar Friday, May 31, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is all about our standards," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is a good opportunity for us to play them again, to see where we are as a team and if we learned from those errors made against them," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I want to give some of the guys who did not start a match yet, such as Sako (Makata) a chance to do so, while JC (Pretorius) is coming off an injury and could do with some game time. Also expect to see Muller (du Plessis) getting a run at centre for example," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some of the guys gave played in all nine tournaments to far, others have played six in a row and everyone is not necessarily on the same page mentally," External link

irishsun Friday, May 31, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We needed their arrival to bring that energy, as we are hard on ourselves and a bit down following London," "They came smiling and believing, so we are all back to deliver a determined effort" External link

kenyastar Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, both our injured players play in the same position, with Stedman covering for us at flyhalf as well, so it was a bit of a problem," "I am happy to be able to bring someone with Cecil's experience into the team, while Mfundo has shown in the past that he can play at this level. This is also a great opportunity for him to gain more experience. He was probably a bit unlucky to miss out in selection in the first place" External link

kenyastar Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We still want to do well and end the season on a high, but to qualify with one tournament to go has given us a bit of leeway," "We want to start some of the guys who did not do so in the past and experiment with one or two players in a position where we could see them perform in future" External link

kenyastar Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, both our injured players play in the same position, with Stedman covering for us at flyhalf as well, so it was a bit of a problem," "I am happy to be able to bring someone with Cecil's experience into the team, while Mfundo has shown in the past that he can play at this level. This is also a great opportunity for him to gain more experience. He was probably a bit unlucky to miss out in selection in the first place" External link

irishsun Monday, May 27, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We still want to do well and end the season on a high, but to qualify with one tournament to go has given us a bit of leeway," "We want to start some of the guys who did not do so in the past and experiment with one or two players in a position where we could see them perform in future" External link

irishsun Monday, May 27, 2019 10:01:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “One of our main aims at the start of the season was to make sure we qualify in the top four in order to get that automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games‚” “We ticked that box and we are grateful and pleased with that. It does ease the disappointment of our performances here on the second day a bit. Our match against Australia was probably our worst all season as we simply didn’t play near the standard we are capable of playing” External link

businessday Monday, May 27, 2019 7:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Maybe we had it too easy on the first day‚” “The younger players need to learn that you cannot bank on good performances on day one and then not show up the next. We were just not good enough in that match and that was very disappointing” External link

businessday Monday, May 27, 2019 7:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “One of our main aims at the start of the season was to make sure we qualify in the top four in order to get that automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” “We ticked that box and we are grateful and pleased with that. It does ease the disappointment of our performances here on the second day a bit. Our match against Australia was probably our worst all season as we simply didn’t play near to what we are capable of and supposed to” External link

citizen Monday, May 27, 2019 2:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One of our main aims at the start of the season was to make sure we qualify in the top four in order to get that automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," "We ticked that box and we are grateful and pleased with that. It does ease the disappointment of our performances here on the second day a bit. Our match against Australia was probably our worst all season as we simply didn't play near to what we are capable of and supposed to" External link

irishsun Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "We had a full squad to select from for a change, with a whole lot of players coming back from injury and available for selection. The fact that the squad won in Singapore was also a factor, as we wanted to reward those players as well," "One of our objectives for the year was to expand our depth with younger players, many of whom have now forced their way into the team. It is an exciting squad and with qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games a strong possibility, there is real motivation to finish the season well" External link

irishsun Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : "It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well" External link

polandsun Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : “It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well” External link

news24 Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : "It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well" External link

longbeachstar Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : "It was a really unique gathering and something special. I appreciated the exchanges of coaching philosophies, it was a nice experience for us as coaches as well" External link

irishsun Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : “In my view, the success of Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and the YBAs would not have been possible without Caro shifting the entire compass of British art in the 20th Century” External link

edp24 Monday, April 29, 2019 7:03:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was tough this week, the guys were down after the disappointing show there. Their comeback makes me very proud," External link

irishsun Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It was tough this week, the guys were down after the disappointing show there. Their comeback makes me very proud,” External link

news24 Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is a tough one, getting that balance right," "We have seen in the past, teams are up and down come Singapore and there are reasons for that. We stepped off the gas a bit in training this week, due to the heat, and also had the guys chat more on what we want to achieve out there this weekend" External link

irishsun Friday, April 12, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Yes, I had a chat to see where we can make their jobs easier and it was productive to hear things from their perspective on where we went wrong. Amongst ourselves, we also had to chat about the attacking opportunities we created, but failed to convert into points," External link

irishsun Friday, April 12, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "They had to take a bit more ownership off the field this time," "It was pleasing to see that they got stuck in when told to do more analysing than usual and to present plans on attack, breakdowns and defence. This time they were doing the presentation, not sitting there and just listening to one" External link

irishsun Friday, April 12, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can’t repeat that effort a week later‚” “The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong‚ and we are looking forward to doing so next week” External link

businessday Sunday, April 7, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can't repeat that effort a week later," "The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong, and we are looking forward to doing so next week" External link

polandsun Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can’t repeat that effort a week later,” “The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong, and we are looking forward to doing so next week” External link

news24 Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The Singapore tournament provided many upsets in the past because teams generally use a lot of energy in Hong Kong and they can't repeat that effort a week later," "The good thing for us is that we have another chance to correct the wrongs of Hong Kong, and we are looking forward to doing so next week" External link

irishsun Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:04:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “They need to understand their roles and responsibilities in the team‚ so we did focus a bit on that‚” “The most pleasing aspect about the win last time was the development of individual players into the team environment and the development of the team in executing our processes. If we can continue making progress in that regard I will be a happy coach” External link

businessday Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Pacific Islander ) : “We played them in Las Vegas early last month and won 26-0‚ but they had us under pressure at times‚” “They use the rush defence well and I see they have some guys from Pacific Islander origin that played for them in the past‚ back in the team” External link

businessday Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "There are a couple of changes and a total of four new players from the Vancouver tournament and that considered, I am happy with the way things went," External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "That win will not mean anything here in Hong Kong," "It did help with the belief and was good reward for the work done up to that point. It gave the squad some momentum. We start afresh here in Hong Kong though and all focus will be on delivering a performance we can be proud of in our first match against Japan" External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Pacific Islander ) : "We played them in Las Vegas early last month and won 26-0, but they had us under pressure at times," "They use the rush defence well and I see they have some guys from Pacific Islander origin that played for them in the past, back in the team" External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "They need to understand their roles and responsibilities in the team, so we did focus a bit on that," "The most pleasing aspect about the win last time was the development of individual players into the team environment and the development of the team in executing our processes. If we can continue making progress in that regard I will be a happy coach" External link

irishsun Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "In the ideal world the same squad would have travelled to Hong Kong, but we had to replace three players due to injury," External link

irishsun Wednesday, March 27, 2019 5:50:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “One could feel the team was getting together and bonding‚” External link

businessday Monday, March 11, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One could feel the team was getting together and bonding," External link

polandsun Monday, March 11, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One could feel the team was getting together and bonding," External link

news24 Monday, March 11, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "One could feel the team was getting together and bonding," External link

irishsun Monday, March 11, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played well today and it was probably our best performance on the opening day of a tournament since the series started I think it was the first time where we won all three our pool matches,” “The guys really looked out well for one another, especially on defence. We stuck to our processes and it worked, but where we did not do so, the squad had each other's back and that was pretty pleasing” External link

news24 Sunday, March 10, 2019 1:44:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “They gave it all out there and I am pleased with the effort‚” “We made some errors on attack‚ but I told the guys before the match that we should finish it knowing we executed and gave our all. It was a bit frustrating that we could not quite get the first one right. Our decision making was lacking a bit in the final minutes” External link

businessday Monday, March 4, 2019 10:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The main focus still remains Olympic qualification with a top four finish‚ so we have to improve all the time‚” External link

businessday Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had to tough that one out and that was good. We defended much better and it felt a bit like the old days where teams really had to work hard to get a try against us‚” “From a wider perspective‚ there were no serious injuries and players such as JC and Impi got good tournament time under the belt” External link

businessday Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The main focus still remains Olympic qualification with a top four finish, so we have to improve all the time," External link

irishsun Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The main focus still remains Olympic qualification with a top four finish, so we have to improve all the time,” External link

news24 Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly‚” External link

businessday Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played very well in the second half against the Samoans‚” “They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second‚ we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours” External link

businessday Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly,” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played very well in the second half against the Samoans,” “They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly," External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We played very well in the second half against the Samoans," "They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours" External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly," External link

kenyastar Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We played very well in the second half against the Samoans," "They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours" External link

kenyastar Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:55:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly," External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We played very well in the second half against the Samoans," "They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours" External link

irishsun Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We had a day of missed chances and silly errors and that cost us dearly,” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We played very well in the second half against the Samoans,” “They targeted the breakdown in the first half and once we could retain some possession in the second, we controlled the game and won quite comfortably in the end. Maybe the easier games on Saturday did not do us any favours” External link

news24 Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," External link

kenyastar Saturday, January 26, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," External link

kenyastar Saturday, January 26, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," External link

polandsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," External link

polandsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," External link

irishsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," External link

irishsun Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

polandsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

polandsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

irishsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

irishsun Friday, January 25, 2019 9:08:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

kenyastar Friday, January 25, 2019 8:47:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

kenyastar Friday, January 25, 2019 8:47:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This tournament is traditionally a very tough one," External link

news24 Friday, January 25, 2019 8:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a good two and a half weeks back home and this week went well," External link

news24 Friday, January 25, 2019 8:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a slower start than usual to the season, so the next two tournaments will be important for us to keep on improving on our performance," External link

irishsun Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Chris Stedman ) : "I am pleased to have Chris back as he will contribute valuable experience and leadership to the squad. He worked really hard to get back in the team and to be able to play at the required level. His determination is commendable and will add to the resilience of the squad, no doubt" External link

irishsun Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:42:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We had a slower start than usual to the season, so the next two tournaments will be important for us to keep on improving on our performance," External link

news24 Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Chris Stedman ) : "I am pleased to have Chris back as he will contribute valuable experience and leadership to the squad. He worked really hard to get back in the team and to be able to play at the required level. His determination is commendable and will add to the resilience of the squad, no doubt" External link

news24 Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Excellent workers. I'd like to keep the same employees on the same contracts," External link

naharnet-en Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I was pleased with the performances against Scotland and Fiji‚ our last two matches last Saturday‚ and I saw more of that fluency and urgency in training as well this week‚” “Knowing the players‚ they will all be desperate to correct last weekend’s disappointments and they get a chance to redeem themselves this week” External link

businessday Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:56:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have learned lessons from last weekend‚ but that is also true for the other teams in the tournament‚” “Everybody knows a little more of each other than was the case last week‚ so it will be tougher to break down defences‚ no doubt. That said‚ we know we can only improve from last week and that is a nice prospect” External link

businessday Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:56:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It's in an assisting role if I can ... if they feel that I can contribute to where they're going. It's just an assisting role," External link

news24 Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “All the players would love to play in their only home tournament on the circuit, so the result at the Dubai Sevens made it easy for me to pick the team,” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:20:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We needed to fine-tune a couple of things that we did not execute well in Dubai,” “This we did that and still have two training sessions left this week, so we have to ensure the players are mentally ready for the big event” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:20:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Each one has its unique circumstances and effort, so this is really pleasing for me as a coach and for us as a group. We had a number of players who played fifteens during our off season and they joined us late, but I was very impressed with the way they got back into the sevens groove and culture. It helps to have a solid sevens foundation," "Credit to the players, they picked themselves up mentally. We did make some defensive errors, so there is work to be done if we want to be successful in Cape Town. But overall very happy. We will enjoy this win and then start focussing on next weekend once we arrive back in South Africa" External link

news24 Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell indicated : "We were sloppy against Uganda in the opener, then played much better against Kenya and conceded no points against Canada in the final pool match. We improved as we progressed, but overall it was a day with mixed emotions," "It is a given that that we need to step up from the first game to the next and credit to the guys, they did that, something that makes me proud. It was not easy out there, but we kept on improving and I cannot ask for much more" External link

news24 Friday, December 1, 2017 10:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We need to step up. Samoa showed they are a team progressing all the time and we have to pitch up with our best effort. If not, we will not be defending our title," External link

news24 Friday, December 1, 2017 10:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "There are a lot of discussions taking place at this stage regarding Springbok XVs," External link

news24 Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:17:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Kyle and Justin are key members of the squad and they have worked incredibly hard to get back to match fitness and this tournament is the ideal way for them to get some matches under the belt and get their sharpness back," External link

news24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are a bit short on midfielders in the squad with a number of players still with the WP Currie Cup squad, so Michael gets an opportunity to show his worth. He has been on our radar, so will have a good chance to impress," "The likes of Chris and Rosko will also get game time, as they need to get back into sevens mode, while I am also keen to see a number of the younger guys in action" External link

news24 Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I played with 'Dippies' and later coached him and our relationship never changed because of that," External link

news24 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It does not matter who you play, to be honest," "Every match is a tough one and we will have to be at our very best from the start to beat the other teams in Pool A. The standards of all teams have improved and there are no easy games out there" External link

news24 Friday, October 13, 2017 6:49:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It’s all about maintaining our own high standards now‚” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The players deserve credit for coming in and playing their own type of game‚ instead of trying to the like the players they replaced‚” “It still feels a bit unreal that we are doing so well‚ but it’s credit to the system and the way the squad is like a family on and off the field. "They are amazing human beings” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:59:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "This will be a massive match for us as the USA will be pumped by the big crowd and their desire to win their first home tournament," External link

irishsun Monday, March 6, 2017 3:30:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "The USA team is packed with game breakers and with the support from the locals will be a tough opponent. We did not come here to lose though, so will have to be at our best for that one if we want to play in the final later," External link

irishsun Monday, March 6, 2017 3:30:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We are aiming among other things to maintain those‚ because if we do‚ it will deliver a good result‚” “We have lost the likes of Kwagga and Seabelo‚ but if the new guys can step in without disrupting our rhythm‚ we should be okay. They know what their roles are and I have faith in their abilities” External link

thetimes-za Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:39:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I am happy where we are with our preparations and will take it slow at the beginning," "The turn-around between the tournaments is quite short and the guys do pick up bumps and bruises, but I am happy with the squad's fitness. There is still one or two things we need to work on, but I am happy that we have enough time to sort out those small margins" External link

afp-en Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:30:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Growing up he was one of my childhood heroes," External link

news24 Friday, February 10, 2017 10:28:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "That was my first win as a Blitzbok and this is my first here as a coach, so it is pleasing, especially as we came so close last year. I will remember the win, but also because of the tremendous character showed by the team," External link

news24 Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Japan showed at the Olympics that they can deliver on the big day when they beat New Zealand, so we dare not underestimate them,” External link

news24 Friday, January 27, 2017 6:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have started well by winning in Dubai and making the final in Cape Town, but we need to get back to that form after the break we had. For that reason, we need to start well when we play Japan,” External link

news24 Friday, January 27, 2017 6:02:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Japan showed at the Olympics that they can deliver on the big day when they beat New Zealand‚ so we dare not underestimate them‚” External link

thetimes-za Friday, January 27, 2017 2:43:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Happy ... better than last year. We would have loved to end the year with a win and give the fans a bit of a Christmas present, but it's not always a fairy tale ... it wasn't to be," "That's part of the disappointment ... the people that came out to support us and the way they supported us ... we would have loved to give them a win" External link

news24 Monday, December 12, 2016 12:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We must give credit to a guy like Allan Temple-Jones, our conditioning guy, who gets the guys' strength up and gets them to be one of the fittest teams on the circuit," "He's been in the system for nine years already and he knows what it takes to get the guys ready for a long season" External link

news24 Monday, December 12, 2016 12:39:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us," "We have a number of quick steppers in our team and our opponents are trying to stop that. So it could have been better, but I am pleased that we topped the pool. That is always our first aim on Day One" External link

allafrica Monday, December 12, 2016 12:25:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us,” “We have a number of quick steppers in our team and our opponents are trying to stop that. So it could have been better, but I am pleased that we topped the pool. That is always our first aim on Day One” External link

news24 Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:22:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us," "We have a number of quick steppers in our team and our opponents are trying to stop that. So it could have been better, but I am pleased that we topped the pool" External link

afp-en Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:20:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Yes, they are going to play in Wellington and Sydney. I think they had their information a bit wrong. We have them available for the first four tournaments every year, that is the understanding we have. So they will be available for Wellington and Sydney, and then return to their franchises for the rest of the season,” External link

the-star Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:46:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It’s important to have a mental foundation, to see exactly where our confidence comes from, and gain self-confidence from that. The guys turned that defeat to Kenya around and did well to beat England. What we are trying this year is to give the players a bit more responsibility, so Allan (Temple-Jones, team biokineticist) and I are not in their faces as much,” “We will keep the same starting line-up probably for the first game, but it’s not guaranteed that those will be the guys on form. So there might be changes during the first three games, depending on the form of the players and the energy that they bring, but if we feel that the starting line-up gives us the momentum and energy that we are looking for, then it will probably be the same team for the whole tournament” External link

the-star Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:46:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We can't come into this tournament and think we can just start where we left in Dubai," External link

afp-en Friday, December 9, 2016 4:05:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Definitely the best performance of the weekend. Yesterday we were still trying to find our feet and getting a bit of the rustiness of the off-season off us. Definitely the best performance for us out there, especially in defence - the guys really stuck to their roles and responsibilities within that defensive system,” External link

the-star Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:59:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Happy with the results on day one, and that we achieved our goals of topping our pool. But still one or two errors, especially in the defensive system, that we need to look at and need to correct before we go into that first game tomorrow morning,” External link

the-star Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:05:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Last year we started introducing some established fifteens guys into our structure as we looked at finding the right combinations for the Olympic Games," "This time around, we arrived with a squad full of sevens regulars. In fact, four of the five most experience players ever in the Blitzbok shirt are here in Dubai, so a lack of experience will definitely not be an issue" External link

allafrica Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I don't have to point to the Scotland match (at 11:06) at all, we all know what happened in our previous clash and us losing the London Sevens after the final buzzer," External link

allafrica Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Emirates Dubai ) : “Last year we started introducing some established fifteens guys into our structure as we looked at finding the right combinations for the Olympic Games,” “This time around, we arrived with a squad full of sevens regulars. In fact, four of the five most experienced players ever in the Blitzbok shirt are here in Dubai, so a lack of experience will definitely not be an issue” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We have some solid performers that has done well at this level. Cecil Afrika (2011), Werner Kok (2015) and Seabelo Senatla (2016) were named World Sevens Players of the Year in the past and all three are looking very sharp in training,” “Kyle Brown and Chris Dry have played for us more than 50 times and our new captain, Philip Snyman, is getting close to the 40 tournament mark already. All that experience and talent will count for nothing though if we do not bring our best effort to the field. We are facing Uganda, Scotland and the USA in what will be a very tough pool” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “This tournament has been good to South Africa in the past and we have won here before. The support we normally get from the huge group of South African fans is no doubt worth an extra player,” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I don't have to point to the Scotland match (at 11h06) at all, we all know what happened in our previous clash and us losing the London Sevens after the final buzzer,” External link

the-star Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell explained : "Dylan has played as a forward for us before and did very well there in our recent warm-up tournament in Namibia, so I am very happy to name him in the front line," "He might not be the most experienced in that position, but we have a number of stalwarts in the pack. Kyle, Philip and Chris are some of the most experienced players ever in our squad, so I am pretty confident that they will guide Dylan through any potential potholes" External link

allafrica Friday, November 25, 2016 6:36:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "No doubt, we will be one of the most experienced sides in Dubai," "This group of players have won a couple of tournaments in the past, but as we realised at the end of the previous season in our final against Scotland, you cannot relax for one second. So experience only really counts when you combine that with faith in your structures and your best effort on the day" External link

allafrica Friday, November 25, 2016 6:36:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “Dylan has played as a forward for us before and did very well there in our recent warm-up tournament in Namibia, so I am very happy to name him in the front-line,” External link

the-star Friday, November 25, 2016 6:33:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We won’t use the fifteens players this season and we’ve decided to get some youngsters in that we think will take us to the 2020 Olympics,” “The first goal will be to win the world series and the second will be to develop some players. We’ll be allowed to take 13 players on tour this season so for the first two tournaments we’ll select the strongest team possible and from there on see if we can take one or two youngsters to give them exposure and get them ready for the future” External link

the-star Friday, November 25, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “The plans are in place to get the youngsters in, develop them and try to get players to replace the guys who won’t make it to the Olympics in 2020,” External link

the-star Friday, November 25, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : “We already had a strong leadership group in the squad and Philip is a natural leader of men, so it was an easy choice. He will do well, I have no doubt,” External link

the-star Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:24:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Philip Snyman ) : "We already had a strong leadership group in the squad and Philip is a natural leader of men, so it was an easy choice. He will do well, I have no doubt," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Kyle Brown ) : "Kyle always put the team before himself and this is another example of that," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:00:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It is a pity indeed, as Tim has played in every tournament since his debut in the Sydney Sevens in February,” External link

the-star Monday, November 21, 2016 6:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Nothing beat real matches, so this was important for us to get game time under the belt. It was very good playing Kenya twice in one day, as they are the type of opposition we will face during the series," "We had a couple of boxes ticked, no doubt, and also were caught short on others. It was a good exercise for us and I think we have learned a lot about where we are now at this stage of the season" External link

allafrica Monday, November 14, 2016 10:13:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Nothing beat real matches, so this was important for us to get game time under the belt. It was very good playing Kenya twice in one day, as they are the type of opposition we will face during the series," "We had a couple of boxes ticked, no doubt, and also were caught short on others. It was a good exercise for us and I think we have learned a lot about where we are now at this stage of the season" External link

allafrica Monday, November 14, 2016 12:48:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Nothing beat real matches, so this was important for us to get game time under the belt. It was very good playing Kenya twice in one day, as they are the type of opposition we will face during the series," "We had a couple of boxes ticked, no doubt, and also were caught short on others. It was a good exercise for us and I think we have learned a lot about where we are now at this stage of the season" External link

allafrica Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:07:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are hoping that Kwagga can still join us at the tournament, as he is in need of some sevens action," External link

allafrica Monday, November 7, 2016 1:22:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Werner Kok ) : "It is less than four weeks before the 2016/17 series kick-off in Dubai, so this tournament will be an important warm-up for us. We have not played since the Olympics and guys such as Werner Kok and Siviwe Soyizwapi have played fifteens as well. So it will be a good hit-out for us to get our act together before the opening tournament in Dubai," External link

allafrica Monday, November 7, 2016 1:22:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are hoping that Kwagga can still join us at the tournament, as he is in need of some sevens action," External link

allafrica Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Werner Kok ) : "It is less than four weeks before the 2016/17 series kick-off in Dubai, so this tournament will be an important warm-up for us. We have not played since the Olympics and guys such as Werner Kok and Siviwe Soyizwapi have played fifteens as well. So it will be a good hit-out for us to get our act together before the opening tournament in Dubai," External link

allafrica Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:26:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are hoping that Kwagga can still join us at the tournament, as he is in need of some sevens action," External link

allafrica Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Werner Kok ) : "It is less than four weeks before the 2016/17 series kick-off in Dubai, so this tournament will be an important warm-up for us. We have not played since the Olympics and guys such as Werner Kok and Siviwe Soyizwapi have played fifteens as well. So it will be a good hit-out for us to get our act together before the opening tournament in Dubai," External link

allafrica Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "Some [respondents] have described their dogs barking agitatedly, staring intensely, trembling or pacing restlessly. " External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "I'm happy that we came out of that last game with at least something, but my heart is aching for the boys," External link

news24 Friday, August 12, 2016 9:04:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It's probably the first game of the whole tournament that they played with freedom and they played what was in front of them," "We try to create an environment for them where they can get out their boxes and throw their passes around" External link

news24 Friday, August 12, 2016 9:04:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I am happy in the way we came back and played because in a knock-out match‚ anything is possible and Australia is a quality outfit‚” External link

thetimes-za Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:41:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We like to play off turnovers. We've got players in the backline who expose the spaces when we do get turnovers," External link

news24 Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:01:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It is an exciting time for the Rugby Sevens team here in Rio. We have been here for a week or so and are ready and keen to get underway,” External link

news24 Monday, August 8, 2016 9:05:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We need to get out of the blocks well against Spain in that first match and once that is done‚ France will be waiting‚" External link

bdlive Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home‚ but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio‚" "We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here made the preparations a bit more difficult" External link

bdlive Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:11:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio," "I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this, everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge" External link

thetimes-za Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:33:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio‚” “I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this‚ everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge though and we have a great group of guys here to embrace that” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We need to get out of the blocks well against Spain in that first match and once that is done‚ France will be waiting‚” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home‚ but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio‚” “We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here made the preparations a bit more difficult. "We will now have enough time to acclimatise and to get used to the local conditions” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:17:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “We are very excited to be part of the Olympic Games and finally travel to Rio,” “I must admit we are also a bit nervous. We know that in a once-off tournament like this, everyone is in with a chance to win it. If you are not 110% ready by the time the first match starts then it can become a very tough tournament for you. This is an exciting challenge though and we have a great group of guys here to embrace that” External link

news24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell added : “We always like to tick all the boxes before we leave home, but with our earlier departure we must adjust a bit of planning and will have to work hard once we are in Rio. We are in control of things on the field though and that is where the focus is. Perhaps leaving earlier is a blessing in disguise as the wet weather and muddy fields here made the preparations a bit more difficult. We will now have enough time to acclimatise and to get used to the local conditions,” External link

news24 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "It was really tough finalising the 12-man squad presented to Sascoc (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee)," External link

bdlive Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:04:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : “It was really tough finalising the 12-man squad presented to SASCOC‚” External link

thetimes-za Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:29:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "doesn't necessarily mean they will see losses on their loans or deposit flight at their U.S. branches," External link

usaToday Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "sees another dramatic decline and remains down relative to the U.S. dollar," External link

usaToday Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Richie Gray ) : "Richie has been killing the guys in training‚" External link

bdlive Friday, July 1, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We’re trying to get him back again before the Olympics or even get him down for a few days in Rio before the tournament‚" "But nothing is set in stone yet because he has some other commitments as well" External link

bdlive Friday, July 1, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said : "We needed competitive matches at this stage of our preparation and hopefully this is exactly what we will get‚" "You can train as hard and as much as you like‚ but nothing beats the real time of matches. Your decision-making‚ fitness and overall skills come to the fore in a match and those are some of the elements I am looking for this weekend" External link

bdlive Friday, July 1, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Neil Powell said ( about Bryan Habana ) : “Bryan is keen to be part of the group, but understands that his initial absence could count against him when I make my final selection,” “I accept his contractual commitments with Toulon, but also recognize his willingness to contest and contribute to the final squad, whether he makes it or not” External link

news24 Friday, June 17, 2016 11:55:00 AM EAT

Neil Powell said : “I feel for those who did not make the squad, but was impressed by their support to the rest of the guys,” External link

news24 Friday, June 17, 2016 11:55:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
coach91.78%EN12/07/201707/12/2017
current coach1.37%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
spokesperson0.34%EN01/18/201718/01/2017
student0.34%EN09/06/201606/09/2016
entraîneur4.79%FR07/15/201615/07/2016
new coach1.37%EN12/08/201308/12/2013
Names Lang Count
Neil PowellEN80.44%
Neil PowellFR11.44%
Neil PowellPT8.12%


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