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Afrika back for Seven World Series home leg

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Among the regional qualifiers, Zimbabwe name two debutants, Mike Morris and Lloyd Machanjaire, while only two of Morocco’s players have previous experience at this level, in 2003.Sevens stars on SafariIn the run-up to the third round of the Series at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, four of Sevens’ finest – Frankie Horne (RSA), Miles Craigwell (USA), Manuel Montero (ARG) and Andrew Turnbull (SCO) – visited the Kragga Kamma game park in the third ‘HSBC Sevens: Around the World’ chapter. Watch the video and download rights-free photos on irbsevens.com. South Africa Sevens stalwart Frankie Horne said: “It was nice to have a day off from training and come out and do something like this. Being from South Africa myself, I have been to a game park before but it’s always so stunning and for these guys as well who are not from here, it is even more impressive for them.”Manuel Montero, second top try-scorer on the Series this season and known in Argentina as the ‘Panther,’ said: “It was really amazing seeing Giraffes, Rhinos and wilderbeast out in the open and not in cages here like this. Seeing them all so close was an unforgettable moment. Then coming and stroking the two wild cheetahs as well, was scary but such a good experience.” Cecil Afrika back in time for the home leg of the Sevens World SeriesAll 16 national teams have declared their final squads to compete at the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens, round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series on 9-10 December.Having missed the action in Dubai last weekend, IRB Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika has recovered from a rib injury to take his place in the team for hosts South Africa.“Cecil is definitely going to play,” said coach Paul Treu. “He passed his fitness test and we would like to get him on the park as soon as possible. We can’t wait for him to pull that jersey on and he’s also very excited to start here.”Treu names one debutant in his squad in Cornal Hendricks, while New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens gives a first Sevens cap to Kylem O’Donnell, brother of former Sevens star Declan.Among the other core teams, Argentina hand a debut to Agustin Vago; Australia name two debutants in Jo Lalagavesi and Bill Meakes and Kenya draft in Phillip Wamae. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – MAY 29: Cecil Afrika of South Africa celebrates at the final whistle of the match between South Africa Wales and during day two of of the IRB Edinburgh Sevens Festival at Murrayfield Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)last_img read more

Focus on Lough Derg in major tourism plan

first_imgEmail A MAJOR four-year plan outlining the future economic development and marketing of the Lough Derg area as a tourism destination has been launched by Minister Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fáilte Ireland’s Plan for Lough Derg, entitled ‘A Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Marketing 2014-2017’, includes the provision of marina and tourism related developments along the shoreline of Lough Derg as well as the appointment for the first time of a designated Tourism Co-ordinator for Lough Derg.Minister of State Alan Kelly said the primary purpose of the plan is to maintain and improve tourism visitor services, recreational facilities and environmental amenities around the lake and River Shannon with a view to creating a ‘Lough Derg’ experience.He continued: “We simply have to unlock Ireland’s hidden secret, which is Lough Derg. Doing this requires a vision that all parties can buy into as well as a will to get things done and this approach is the way forward.This comprehensive strategy will develop Lough Derg as a key destination for superb water based activities combined with a range of very high quality walking, cycling, heritage, culture and food experiences that will entice the domestic and international visitors to stay longer. This will be achieved through joint co-operation of all tourism stakeholders in the development and marketing of their area under the Lakelands – Lough Derg identity.”“Lough Derg is one of Ireland’s most valued tourism assets but it is also a vulnerable landscape, which is why it is imperative that it is the subject of an extensive development strategy. Fáilte Ireland and the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group (LDMSG), in conjunction with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the local community, have delivered a strategy that will ensure that an appropriate balance is established, with development in the most appropriate locations and the protection of vulnerable areas,” added Minister of State Kelly.The key tourism attractions being targeted in the new blueprint include the development of a waterpark at the University of Limerick Activities Centre (Clare), Lough Derg Canoe/Kayak trail, a masterplan for an eco-park in Portumna (Galway) and a Discovery Point and Trailhead at the Portroe lookout (Tipperary). Meanwhile, a designated Tourism Co-ordinator for Lough Derg is expected to be appointed during the coming week. The position will be co funded by the TRAP INTERREG IVC European Union project and the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group (LDMSG). A key element of this position will be to engage with and support the existing tourism trade and businesses surrounding Lough Derg and ensure the effective implementation of the Plan.According to Paul Keeley of Fáilte Ireland: “The collaborative approach adopted in the development and planned roll-out of this Plan will be key to its success. Previous experience from other parts of Ireland show that such an approach does deliver results and Fáilte Ireland looks forward to working with members of the LDMSG and the Tourism Coordinator to improve existing facilities and amenities and provide additional new facilities. Furthermore, Fáilte Ireland will play a central role in the development of a unique and marketable Lough Derg brand that will ultimately lead to an increase in visitors to the region.”Mr. Joe MacGrath, LDMSG Chairperson, noted that work undertaken by the group in recent years to expand the tourism offering in Lough Derg will assist the delivery of the new plan.He explained: “The Group has for a number of years delivered its own Action Plan to develop Lough Derg as a key destination for superb water-based activities combined with a range of very high quality walking, cycling, heritage and culture and food experiences aimed at enticing the domestic and international visitor to stay longer. This objective is further strengthened through the launch of this new Plan which ensures the joint co-operation of all tourism stakeholders in the development and marketing of their area under the Lakelands – Destination Lough Derg identity.”For more on the Fáilte Ireland’s Plan for Lough Derg visit www.failteireland.ie. 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